As we age, the possibility of having to visit the Emergency Room increases. It may be from an accident, an illness or a fall. Regardless of the reason, the visit can be very stressful. When this happens, the patient often forgets important information, such as phone numbers, medication doses and allergies. Therefore, having a bag or tote to bring with in case of just such an emergency may save your life.
To avoid confusion, pack a tote or bag with vital information. You should include the following:
• List of prescription medications, their strength and doses. Include the prescribing physician's name and phone number.
• List of physicians under whose care you have been. Include phone numbers and addresses.
• Names and phone numbers of family members and friends to notify.
• List of non-prescription medications, such as vitamins and supplements, along with strength and dosage.
• List of medical conditions, history of surgeries and hospitalizations, allergies and vitals (height, weight, blood group).
• Personal identification--name, address, phone number.
• Change of clothing and toiletries.
Because you may not be home when an emergency happens, save a copy of your medical information on a document and store it on a flash drive. Keep this flash drive with you whenever you go out. Mark it as containing your medical information.