My workplace has medical emergency contacts for me, but nothing else. I wear a med-alert bracelet all the time.... In the shower, in bed, it is always on me. It has an 800 number where the paremedics can call and get all my meds, insulin, doctor info, etc. Mine does say "diabetic" and "blind" on it so they won't keep wondering why my pupils don't react! I do have a medical power of attorney, but my doctor does not have a copy. In fact I have 3 layers of medical power of attorneys in case my husband is not available or incapacitated himself.
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I know this is being posted early, but I need to get some ideas. Today there was a medical situation in another part of the building where I work. The person needed paramedics and from what was explained to me, the person is in very bad condition and I think in the Critical Care Unit at the local Medical Center.
Well, my Division Director called me into her office and handed me the original forms that I gave her that had my medical information when I transferred in from another state agency. She asked me to update them as the person who had the medical emergency never provided any information of his medical issues to his supervisor or Division Director and it is possible that delayed whatever assistance the paramedics could give. She asked me to update the information so that all of the supervisors would have the information immediately available should the worst happen (i.e. heart attack, stroke, another medical issue). It was not just me, all of the individuals in our unit were approached on this.
My question is, do you have your medical information updated where you could give it to a family member or your immediate supervisor where they would know who to contact or what underlying issues you may have where it can be passed on to the paramedics? Do you have the medications listed with the number of milligrams or units of insulin with your dosing schedule and your doctor's name and office number where they may be reached? Do you have a medical power of attorney where someone can make decisions should you be incapable of making decisions for yourself or giving consent? Does your doctor's office have a copy of it?
Edited by: BUDDYSANGEL at: 11/1/2011 (19:52)
Christine (SouthCentral WV)
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