Wednesday, July 03, 2013
April 2008 Good Housekeeping page 185. In an article entitled Crisis in the ER, there were some very interesting statistics...and some good advice like this "Time Saver".
"Your Emergency Grab-and-Go File
Having your medical information with you will speed things in the ER. But you may be distracted as you head out or unable to gather it all. So in advance, create a file for each member of the family that includes:
* A short medical history, including past surgeries or major problems
*Current medical conditions
*Doctors and the phone numbers
*Allergies (especially drugs, latex)
If an emergency strikes before you've prepared a file, grab the patients medicine bottles (if any) and insurance info. It's alos crucial to give signed medical consent forms for your kids to babysitters or anyone who might need to bring the kids to the hospital, says ACEP president Linda Lawrence, M.D."
Print out a medical-history form for each family member at ACEP.org