Personal Medical Information

Friday, April 28, 2017

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.

A personal health record is a very important document with critically important information about your health. It is important for health professionals to be able to read and understand any health conditions, prior procedures, medications and allergies you have.

Be sure to organize the information and keep it in your wallet or purse. Use a medical information form or card 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. 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.