Personal Medical InformationFriday, 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.
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:
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
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.