Emergency Medicine 3
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

When your life is at stake, emergency medical treatment in many instances can save your life. However, the emergency staff will need to know information about you or your loved one before deciding on a course of treatment. Dr. Edward Hill explains more in today’s Sixty Second Housecall.

In the event of an emergency, having your or a family member’s medical history on hand can provide the emergency team with important, and sometimes life-saving, information.

Before receiving treatment, you or your family member will be asked questions about your personal medical history. This will include information pertaining to prescription medications, medical problems or previous surgeries and pertinent family history.

By writing down the medical information of everyone in your family, you can be sure that the ER doctors have the correct information for treatment. You should have the following information up to date for each member of your family:

• Allergies

• Medications—List all medications and their dosages

• Immunizations—Include your entire immunization history from childhood to the present in your record.

• Blood type.

• Pre-existing conditions. Note if you or anyone in your family has asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Havingthese conditions can help determine what kind of treatment you will receive in the ER.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.