Are you Ready for the ER?
Written by John J. Genovesi - Author, "Are you Ready for the ER?" - ebook
It's important to be prepared in case of an emergency, it can be the difference between life and death. We believe that the more information the patient provides in a systematic way, the easier it is to provide proper treatment in a timely manner.
- Does the EMS or ER staff know your medical history?
- Do you have any allergies?
- Are you a diabetic?
- Are you pregnant?
- Are you on blood thinners?
- What if your doctor’s records are at your local hospital and you were admitted with chest pain to another hospital? Do they communicate with each other?
- Do you have a list of your medications, allergies, and current and past conditions with you?
- Do you have a portable health care record in your wallet or on your smart phone?
You need to take charge of your own health. No one has a better reason, and no one is going to do a better job than you. Review your information with your primary doctor and keep your medical records updated. You and your doctor should be in agreement regarding what medications you're on, your dosage, the frequency with which medication is taken, what each is used for and the treatment plan you're following.
Being prepared makes it easier for paramedics, nurses, and physicians. Working together, you can avoid unnecessary tests and procedures and this could save you hundreds of dollars a year. Keeping a record also decreases the risk of medical errors due to doctors not having the proper information and sometimes prescribing medicine you're allergic to.
It's important to understand that people of all ages need to be prepared for an emergency. It doesn't matter if you are healthy, sick, on medications or not. The ER staff cannot read your mind and need to make decisions based on the facts. If you need life saving medication in the ER and can't speak for yourself, they may hesitate to give them to you before contacting your family or pharmacy on medication or not. That wasted time could be the difference between life and death.
It is highly recommend that the following should have a portable healthcare record:
- College Kids
- Assisted living residents
- Nursing home residents
- Mentally and physically challenged
Help the professionals help you and your family in preparing for a medical emergency, hospitalization or surgery today at mycare101.com.