Your Emergency Medical ID Information Could Save Your Life Someday

The Dire Medical Emergency Problem

Did you know that millions of personal medical emergencies occur each year in the United States? Those could be vehicle accidents, household accidents, heart attacks, strokes, cuts, broken bones or a myriad of other situations.

Did you know that each year in approximately 2 million of those many millions of emergencies, a patient is seriously harmed or injured due to adverse reactions to treatment by paramedics and other medical professional?

Did you know that in the USA alone, on average, about 11,400 individuals per month actually die because paramedic and doctors did not have the critical personal medical information readily available to guide them in their treatment?

The Ultimate Life-Saver Solution

The real solution to assist medical professional to help save over 130,000 lives each in a medical emergency is for every adult to carry a comprehensive medical information card or medical I.D. Card.

Some people wear a medical I.D. Bracelet. That is fine to disclose one or two major maladies, but it is not nearly comprehensive enough.

Some people carry a digital USB memory device with their medical information, but that requires that paramedics carry a computer with completely compatible software, which is something they cannot universally do. And computerized devices take way too much time to figure out and read at a time when every minute and every second counts in saving a life.

A simple to read, yet comprehensive hard copy written medical I.D. card and form is what paramedics actually prefer in an emergency. They will find it when they quickly look for a person’s identification, driver’s license and medical information. They will then be able to glance at it within a matter of seconds and discover personal medical information critical to their treatment. A card like this can help save many lives.

In America, over 150 million individuals are now over 50 years of age, and many have allergies, medical problems, health issues, injuries, implants or are taking prescription drugs. Paramedics and doctors need to know about all these in emergency situations when time is of the essence.

Over 300 million American’s drive a car. Every driver is at risk of having an accident, and it would behoove them to carry a card with their blood type, medical information, living will and organ donor status.

A concise yet comprehensive medical I.D. card to be carried at all times is the best solution to minimize medical risk in an emergency situation, to reduce the chances for further complications and to help save lives.

3 Ways to Organize Your Medical Information

You get a bad infection and the doctor wants to know if you are allergic to any types of medicines. You cut your skin with a sharp instrument and the nurse wants to know your blood type. You keep switching doctors due to changes in your health insurance plan.

Having organized, easily accessible medical records can be the difference between life and death. Sounds dramatic, but it can be true. So let’s look at some of the ways you can organize your medical data.

Idea #1 Expanding Folders with a Flap: One expanding folder per family member. This folder comes with dividers that you can label by doctor name, medical specialty, system within the body (circulatory, etc.) or some other way that works for you. You may want to have a piece of paper at the front of each section for basic information. If you have any test results or notes from an appointment they can be put behind the appropriate divider. By having records in an expandable folder, you can easily take the entire folder to an appointment and have all pertinent information with you.

Idea #2 Binders: One binder per family member with subject dividers. Similar to the expandable folders, these dividers can be named by doctor name, medical specialty, system within the body or some other way that works for you. You may want to have a piece of paper at the front of each section for basic information. If you have any test results or notes from an appointment they can be put behind the appropriate divider. If you have extensive medical history, it may either take a big binder or multiple binders. If more than one binder is necessary, then you have to make a decision about which information goes into each binder.

Idea #3 Electronic: Electronic refers to two different concepts:

• Electronic copies of information you also have in hard copy. The best way to organize these is to set up files within your computer that are parallel to the structure of your paper files. This is a whole article unto itself, so I won’t give additional information on this at this time.

• Websites or software that allows you to manage your medical records online or on your computer.

Products for purchase: As you can imagine, there are some products on the market that can help you organize your medical records. Some of them are listed below. These resources are for reference purpose only and not intended to be an endorsement for any specific product.

• Jakoter Health Organizers has several different products available including a pre-made binder to sort and organize your medical records and “health tag” to house your records on a special flash drive. They have additional resources including free downloadable forms and links to related websites.

• MedicTag is a USB medic alert tag designed for emergency medical information and alerts. It is an easy way to have access to all of your health records. It is especially useful in unexpected medical situations.

• My Pro Medical Health Records Organizer is a combination electronic and hard copy way to save your medical information. Detailed binder includes places to organize your medical records, an instruction guide, tracking forms, and method for organizing contact information for medical professionals. CD with forms allows you to save medical information electronically or print out forms you have filled in.

• Quicken Medical Expense Manager helps you make sense of your medical bills and expenses by organizing your medical history and expenses on your computer. This program keeps your medical information in one easy-to-access place and works on many health plans.

Cheat sheet: If you want to have a document that is easily carried with you at all times, I have found one that I like. It is called Pocket.doc. It is the size of a credit card which then unfolds into a series of forms for specific information. In one small “package,” you can keep local and out-of-state contacts, blood type, primary physician, insurance, current medications, immunization and allergies.

Your well-being is everything. Don’t jeopardize your health because you can’t locate vital information.

Preparedness – The Importance of Having Emergency Medical Supplies

In the event of a disaster, whether it is natural or caused by man, being having the right tools to handle the situation can be a matter of life and death. Regardless of your medical training and background it’s important for professionals, as well as everyday citizens to have the emergency medical supplies necessary to treat injuries. If you are concerned about being able to properly handle a medical emergency in the event of a disaster, here is a brief guide to ensure you have what it takes to handle almost anything that comes your way.

1) Having medical information on hand can save lives. If an accident happens and someone needs treatment, will you know what to do? If you’re already trained in how to use EMS gear or EMT supplies, this may not be a big concern. But for the average citizen, being confronted with situations they don’t know how to handle can cause panic. You might think that your instincts will take over and you’ll handle any situation effectively, but what if someone needs stitches? Do you know how to suture a wound properly? What about dental emergencies? This is where having medical information readily available can come into play. There is a wealth of emergency medical information at bookstores, Red Cross organizations, and on the internet. This includes information on how to use emergency medical supplies correctly, and efficiently. It’s important to have a wide array of sources for medical information so you are prepared for many different types of situations.

2) Get familiar with the solutions. If you get faint at the sight of blood, you will have to get over that if you want to help save a life in medical emergency. If someone is bleeding and needs help, hesitation can cost them their life. For some people who would be administering aid, seeing the process of what is involved in treatment can help them adjust to seeing things that they can’t handle, as well as provide further training in how the treatment is done. It’s also a good idea to study a list of possible medical emergency and read about what tools are used to treat each. Emergency medical supplies are useless if you don’t know when and how to use them.

3) Be Stocked Up on EMS Gear. If you’re preparing a first aid kit, do a little research on what the more advanced kits have. Many retailers of EMT supplies sell fully stocked medical first aid kits that range from small, home kits to immediate response professional kits.

4) Look into emergency response medicines. Many EMT professionals are carrying solutions like Celox and Lidocaine for first response situations. Celox is good for open wound and can instantly clot and stop bleeding in 30 seconds. When dealing with a majorly painful injury, Lidocaine may be useful as it can dull the area around the wound so it can be properly treated. It comes is cream, gel, spray and powder form.