Medical Information

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

In an emergency situation, it can be vital for health professionals to get to a persons medical information. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some of the ways we can have this information close at hand in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An emergency can happen at any time. Its important to keep medical information for you and your loved ones readily available in case of emergencies. Ambulance crews will need this basic information to provide the best care.

Be sure to organize the information and keep it in your wallet or purse. Make sure it is accessible at all times. Use a medical information form and include the following:

Name

Birthdate

Medication and food allergies

Prescription medications, including doses and schedules

Chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease.

Any reasons for hospitalizations, such as heart attacks, strokes, or major surgeries.

Doctors name

Hospital preference, and

Medical insurance information

Never put a Social Security number on this list. Its not important for responders and if the list is lost, it could compromise your privacy.

Keeping this information handy will help the medical team give you the best and safest care possible.

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