If you have to call an ambulance chances are you are not at your best. We go to medical calls all the time and people are scrounging for medicine bottles, IDs, Insurance Cards. Plan ahead to save time when minutes count. Make sure to have a written copy of the following and keep it in a readily accessible place. Leave it on the fridge, near the door, where ever we can get to it easily. It’s not a bad idea to keep a copy in a purse or wallet, or in the car in case of an emergency while you are out of the house.
- List of Medications, Doses, and Intervals
- List of relevant medical history
- List of Allergies
- Location of ID
- Location of Insurance Cards
- Choice of hospital
The next thing we will want to know is what’s going on? Be sure to include anything you think might be relevant, be clear and concise.
- Are you hurt? In most cases, that is the reason we’re there, but for situations like a car accident, if you are not hurt or do not want us to treat we can stop here.
- What is the most immediate symptom? My chest hurts, or my leg hurts…
- History? Be it a history of heart attack or just a chili cheese dog you inhaled from the gas station.
- Complications? Do you have a pace maker or defibrillator? We may need to handle things differently.
- Any hazards? Is there anything near by we need to steer clear of for our safety or yours.
- Allergies? Not only are you having an allergic reaction, but anything that you might be treated with that could cause additional issues.
- Which hospital do you want to go to? If you are transported you have a choice where to go. If you have a preference it is good to know ahead of time.
Hopefully we don’t see you in this capacity, but if we do, this makes it easier for us and faster for you to get the help you need.