The Importance of Creating and Carrying a Medical Information Sheet

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The Importance of Creating and Carrying a Medical Information Sheet

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You never know when a survival situation can arise that causes you or someone else to become incapacitated.  In the stress, chaos and confusion that can ensue, it can be difficult to identify medical problems or relay appropriate information to rescuers or healthcare workers.  One of the most important things that all of us can do is to create a medical information card or sheet that can be carried with us everywhere we go, at all times.

When You Can’t Speak for Yourself

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Imagine if you not in a position to tell someone about your allergies, medications, medical history or provide pertinent information about the overall state of your health.  Emergency responders are trained to assess a patient based on what they see when they arrive at the scene.  Their job is not to uncover or investigate medical histories.  This is mainly because their job is to get you stable and to the hospital where you can receive definitive care in a timely manner.

However, what if one of your medications or conditions can cause a harmful interaction with steps that emergency responders take to get you stable?  What if your condition is brought on by some sort of reaction associated with a condition or medication that you take, but they don’t identify on the scene?  There are a million and one reasons why things can go wrong despite their best efforts, and they are completely avoidable by having some form of information on hand that can help them make the best decisions in the field.

The same applies if you were to encounter someone who isn’t able to speak for themselves at the time as well.  Information is key when it comes to medical emergencies, and if all of us were to provide a summary of this information, chances are that appropriate care could be rendered in a more timely and effective manner.

Eliminating Detective Work

We’ve all seen episodes of medical dramas or reality-based programs where doctors try to guess what’s wrong with a patient.  They may run tests, rule things out one by one and take educated guesses in their attempt to treat the patient.  The problem is that in reality, this type of detective work takes a lot of time, involves a lot of people and costs a lot of money.  All of this does not bode well for the patient at the end of the day.  Consequently, having information at their fingertips can help doctors to provide proper care without all of the guesswork.  This is also incredibly-important during a major crisis when resources are already stretched to the limit. 

A Little Bit of Information Goes a Long Way

One of the most popular and tried-and-true methods of identifying medical problems is to wear some sort of bracelet or necklace that indicates what a patient is suffering from.  While this may be fine if someone is dealing with one or two particular illnesses, it does not provide important details about different medications or other ailments that a patient suffers from.  Consequently, it makes perfect sense to carry a list or card that can fit in your wallet or purse that summarizes important conditions, medications and even physician or emergency contact numbers that can all be utilized in a matter of seconds during a crisis.

Take time to develop a brief list that will make basic information about you and your loved ones available to rescuers in the event of an emergency.  Being proactive now can make all of the difference in the world later, especially if time is of the essence in terms of increasing the chances of a positive outcome.  Countless people die or develop serious complications as the result of healthcare workers having limited access to pertinent medical information.  Reduce the risk of falling victim to a similar situation by developing a medical information sheet or card today.  Lives may depend on it during an emergency that occurs with little or no warning.