An Emergency Can Happen At Anytime. What Medical Information Should You Carry?
Picture this: It’s a chilly Friday night and you’re driving back from the grocery store.
Suddenly your car hits an icy patch, and you’re unconscious, or have an injury that makes it difficult for you to think clearly, or to speak.
How do you let the emergency personnel know about your medical condition, or that you’re on a certain drug that may interact badly with other treatments?
Or, maybe the situation isn’t that scary. Maybe you’re in the midst of a busy, busy day, squeezing in an appointment with a new physician. When you’re stressed, you may not remember important medical emergency information.
The solution? Carry your basic medical information at all times. It can be as simple as a note card in your wallet.
There may be apps for this type of information, too, but if you are incapacitated, the first responders may not be able to access information that is stored on your phone. An old-fashioned note card is still best in most cases.
And, no, this advice doesn’t just apply to people over age 65. No matter what your age, here is a list of information that should be on you at all times:
- The name and phone number of your emergency contact.
- The name and phone number of your primary care physician and any key specialty physicians.
- A list of any medical conditions you are managing, or receiving treatment for.
- Any past medical conditions that may be relevant (for instance, implanted devices or artificial joints).
- Any key information about your medical history, such as allergies or heart condition.
- Any medications you are on, including over-the-counter medications (and the dosages).
- Any other information that might help in case of an emergency.
If you have a necklace or bracelet that identifies any special medical conditions you have, be sure to wear it at all times.
An emergency can happen when you’re out hiking in the woods, sitting in church, dancing at a wedding, or anytime. So, regardless of your age, be prepared.
Emergency Services at Gwinnett Medical Center
While we hope you’ll never need out Emergency Departments or Children’s Emergency Center, they’re open to care for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are staffed by expert doctors and nurses specially trained in emergency care. Learn more age gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/emergency.