The Mistake: Not seeking care after a car accident
If you have severe car damage, get checked out at the hospital, even if you feel fine. “Your adrenaline-fueled, fight-or-flight response can mask pain initially,” says Cebollero. “It can be ten minutes or two hours after the accident before you feel something.” Responders at the scene can’t necessarily rule out brain bleeds or broken bones.
The Mistake: Making it hard for the EMT to find you
Say you’re stung by a bee in your backyard and are having a serious allergic reaction. First have someone call 911. Then head to the driveway. Choking in a restaurant? Don’t run to the bathroom. “People die in bathrooms from choking because they don’t want to disturb other diners. They collapse, and nobody knows why,” says Pellegrino. Stay where people can help you.