An accident is any unforeseen or unplanned circumstance that is a mishap and has a negative outcome. While most minor accidents are not life threatening, a lot of major accidents happen around us every day. Most common types of accidents involve automobile and road accidents, sports related accidents, fall injuries or fire accidents. It is important to understand the emergency services and emergency management required during an accident, for the victim. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) aims at providing acute medical care to the victim, either in the emergency room or outside the hospital.
The critical care of victims, who have suffered injuries during the accident (e.g. road accident), is handled by the accident and emergency department (A&E department) of the hospital. Paramedics who work in the accident and emergency department are deployed to help the victim at the site of accident. They provide the accident victims with emergency medical services, ambulance services and provide transport to the emergency room.
Patients with serious illnesses and injuries are assessed at the accident and emergency department. A person may be brought in to the emergency room or given emergency care at the site of accident in case of the following: