medical-emergency

What you need to know in a medical emergency

In case of a medical emergency, it is imperative to remember important health information about yourself and your loved ones.

This can be tough; therefore medics suggest you keep a record of your important health facts. This can help a medical team make a better, quicker diagnosis during an emergency.

Here is some information your medical records should contain:

Allergies

This is especially important if you are allergic to any medications. Also be sure to make note of anything you have had a reaction to in the past. This information could help emergency personnel find a cause for problems such as breathing difficulties and hives.

Medications

Any medicines, including dosages, should be jotted down. Some medicines react badly when taken together, so the paramedics and doctors need this information before they administer any medication.

Pre-Existing Illnesses

Emergency personnel need to be informed of any previous health problems or illnesses. These pre-existing conditions can have a huge effect on which tests and treatments are used in an emergency.

Weight

Having a recent weight handy can help doctors calculate dosages of any medicine that may be needed.

Family History

A family medical history is handy information. Doctors will enquire if anyone else in the family has any medical problems. This information can help doctors when diagnosing and dealing with a current illness.

It doesn’t take long to compile a written or computer-based medical history for you and your loved ones. And doing so could mean saving critical minutes — when they count most!