Dr. Pancioli’s Advice to Physicians: Be Ready for Medical Emergencies


Dr. Arthur Pancioli thinks often about that very ill patient in your waiting room who should instead be in an emergency room.  As chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati, he says the university clinics see many very ill patients who are on the precipice of a medical emergency.

“Administering proper care at the onset of medical emergencies is vitally important and could be life-saving,” says Dr. Pancioli, who is a HealthFirst Medical Advisory Board member.

“It is up to you the doctor to ensure that the story of their survival has a proper start,” he says. “We often hear that it isn’t necessary to have emergency supplies on hand. But it only takes one occurrence when you are not ready, to leave a permanent impact on the lives of your patient, their loved ones, and yourself.”

Basic Emergency Medical Response Setup

In this brief video overview, Pancioli describes basic elements of readiness appropriate to all medical offices:

  • An emergency medical kit with up-to-date drugs and devices appropriate to the level of emergency medical care that you are qualified to provide
  • An automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • A portable oxygen system
  • Training in basic life support.

Turn to HealthFirst for Medical Emergency Preparedness

With planning, training and the right medications and equipment, offices can easily prepare for the emergencies they may encounter. HealthFirst can help. Guided by a medical advisory board which includes physicians that specialize in medical emergency management, HealthFirst offers practice-specific emergency medical equipment and medications to enable accurate life-saving responses. Contact us at 800-331-1984 or visit statkit.com.