Emergency Medicine 3

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

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 todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In the event of an emergency, having your or a family members 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

MedicationsList all medications and their dosages

Immunizations

Blood type, and

Pre-existing conditions, such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

Make sure that your information is accurate and handy. Many people store their personal health information online with the help of an app or a service. This method allows you to access your information anywhere with a computer or mobile device.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.