How to Prepare for an Emergency?

April 6, 2017

Finding care in cases of medical emergencies can be a challenge in Shanghai. When you or your loved ones are faced with a critical situation, it can be nothing short of overwhelming.

Being prepared for the worst will help you make the best out of a bad situation.  If your loved one has a chronic condition or has an allergy for which he or she has to take daily medications, keep a list of the subscriptions in your wallet and make sure the person has a copy. Alternatively, you can store it on your phone. Try to include information about important health details. 

If you or a loved one takes daily medications, keep a list in your wallet (or store it on your phone), and put a copy in their purse or with their personal belongings as well. Doses and frequencies of these medications are an added bonus. If possible, also include information about these important health details:

  • Major surgeries
  • Blood type
  • Special health care needs (like “hard of hearing,” “no blood draws on right arm”)
  • Immunization status
  • History of major medical events (heart attack, stroke, seizure, diabetic coma, dialysis patient)

Once settled in Shanghai please take the time to get yourself familiar with several healthcare facilities.  It’s highly recommended that you prepare yourself for the unexpected.  Follow the next tips to be prep yourself!              

  • Walk through some sample scenarios so you know the amount of time it takes to reach the hospital.
  • Take tours of several international and local hospitals to get a feel of the environment
  • Register at one or more hospitals in multiple parts of the city, you never know when an emergency may occur!
  • Get smart about your health insurance and check your benefits with several hospitals
  • remember that most hospitals will not be able to offer direct billing outside their regular  consultation hours
  • Find 2 to 3 people who speak Chinese to contact if neededHave your consulate’s emergency number saved to your phone


  • Take CPR and First aid courses so you know how to react and to give the first line of care
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit with basic medical supplies, hospital phone numbers, copies of passports and insurance cards
    Your emergency medical kit should contain:

In an emergency, call 120 for ambulatory assistance. Also call the hospital while you’re on your way so that they can prepare for your arrival.



This article is co-edit by SAE Asia and Shanghai East International Medical Center

Shanghai East International Medical Center is a joint venture general hospital providing a comprehensive range of world-class services, including but not limited to: family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, specialty care, rehabilitation care, psychological counseling and 24/7 emergency care.
We also offer CPR and first-aid training sessions and courses.

For more information or if you would like to schedule a tour please email [email protected].

If you would like to book an appointment please email [email protected]
or at 5879-999. In case of an emergency the phone lines are 24/7 open with English and Chinese support. Address: 150 Jimo Road, Pudong, Shanghai.