Personal Medical Information

Friday, April 13, 2012

Having your personal medical information on a card in your wallet or purse can be a life-saver. Dr. Edward Hill tells us why in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Its important to keep medical information readily available in case of emergencies. The emergency medical team will need this information to provide you appropriate care.

Be sure to organize the information and keep it in your wallet or purse. 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.