Emergencies happen when we least expect them, so it’s important to prepare for the possibility now, when you have the chance. Recalling the details of your prescriptions and medical history isn’t always easy to do in the midst of an emergency, but that information is absolutely crucial to your care. This month, get your family’s medical information organized, advises theBandera Courier.
As anyone with severe food allergies should be well aware, perhaps the most important emergency medical product to carry with you is an epinephrine auto-injector, or an EpiPen. This device administers a single dose of epinephrine to counteract the symptoms of an allergic reaction. If you know you have a severe allergy, never leave home without one again.
Next, it is important to ensure that anyone who contacts you during a medical emergency is aware of your allergies. Medical jewelry is a classic way to make sure those treating you in an emergency are aware of your health information. Important conditions or allergies can be made noticeable through a bracelet or necklace with information engraved on the back. This is a particularly good choice for those cannot speak for themselves, such as young children, as well as anyone whose allergies could cause anaphylaxis.
Next, don’t forget to set an ICE contact in your cell phone. ICE stands for ‘In Case of Emergency,’ and when you put it next to a number in your phone’s contact list, medical or law enforcement personnel will know who to call in an emergency.
Finally, keep your personal medical information organized, and keep it in several places. Carry a card containing your basic medical information in your call and in your wallet or purse. At home, have more detailed information easily accessible. At a minimum, this info should include a list of your name, birthdate, and emergency contacts, as well as known food or drug allergies, medical conditions, and the names of any prescription medications you use.