Today I wanted to pop in to share a simple way for you to help first responders and nurses should you ever get sick. Well, truth be told, you are not only helping them, but you are also making sure that you get the best care without unnecessary delay. It’s a win-win deal.
It is a well-known fact that caring for patients nowadays involves a tremendous amount of paperwork. Sadly, completing all of this paperwork can slow down first responders, nurses, and ancillary staff just when every minute counts. I know this, because I was a health care professional, working in hospitals and physician’s offices for many years.
But there is something each and every one of us can do that will ensure that those caring for you or your loved ones on the front lines have the information they need right at their fingertips. You can do your part by having all of the important information ready long before you ever need it. It’s simple, it’s free and to make it even easier I created a form that contains all you need to help first providers in a clear, easy to read format.
You can find the FREE printable Medical Information form and lots of other useful information in the Resource Library.
There are times like that we can feel pretty powerless and stressed. If there is anything my professional life and later going through my husband’s cancer journey have taught me it’s that there are always things we can control. Making sure we are as prepared as possible beforehand is one step we can take to make a difference.
Why is this information so important?
The more your health care providers know about you and specifically your medical history, the better. Personal information like your name and birthdate is used to help identify you so you and not the lady in the next bed are getting the medication your doctor has ordered.
Many medications are calculated based on your accurate height and weight. By providing your healthcare team with this information right up front, you help them can shave off precious time. Time to get you the treatment you need. Height and weight are also critical for other exams, which makes them an important fact to know.
Currently friends and loved ones may not be able to accompany you to the hospital. And you may be too ill and weak to accurately communicate to the medical personnel what they need to know about you like previous health conditions, known allergies, and any medications and supplements you are taking.
Be sure to keep your completed form(s) in an easily accessible place. I would suggest placing it in a plastic protective sleeve in a to-go bag for emergencies. Add a copy of your health insurance card and driver’s license or other identification.
Having everything ready to go ahead of time saves your family members from guessing. In healthcare, guessing is never a good thing. Give yourself and your loved one’s peace of mind by being well-prepared ahead of time.