Emergency Medical Care Plan – Items to Include and Why You Need Them

An emergency care plan with a buddy system is among the top list of priorities for primary caregivers. Every caregiver should have at least one other person [buddy], that is well trained to take over in their absence. Whether they are trained professionally or not, they must also be trained by the primary caregiver to the particular needs of the patient.

This is done for several reasons and can prevent a bad situation from becoming a nightmare in emergencies. The designated ‘buddy’ should be familiar with the routine of the patient, the medicine schedule and dosing, emergency medical contacts [doctors, hospitals, transport services, next of kin] and emergency procedures in addition to the care required. It a good idea to have an emergency care kit in triplicate. One kit should be left with or near the patient, one kit with the buddy and one kit placed in a ‘readily accessible’ location for emergencies or emergency personal.

The emergency care kit should contain the following items:

a. Diagnosis and/or medical conditions Alert Sheet that also lists any known allergies, surgeries or implants. Make sure to include contact lens, dentures or medical implants information. *Also make note of any body piercings not readily visible.

b. list of prescribed medicines, including the strength, dosage, how often taken and the date the patient started medications. In addition to this, any recently discontinued or changed medications over the past six months should also be listed. Any OTC (over the counter) medications taken with any frequency should be listed as well.

c. the names of all doctors involved in the patient’s care, their regular and emergency contact telephone numbers and services.

d. photocopies of picture identification, medical IDs, and insurance information.

e. three emergency contacts listing the names, addresses, and telephone numbers. Additionally, listing their employer’s contact information is another measure you might wish to take. Emergencies never happen at a convenient time, so taking the employers’ information into account, is a measure well taken.

f. a document containing the most recent medical procedure or event. This can be the results of most recent EEG test, blood work, office or emergency visit.

g. a summary sheet of the patient’s medical history, medical procedures, and any other pertinent information that will aid in the efficient, accurate treatment of the patient.

The emergency care kit is a blessing to alternate caregivers as well as emergency medical professionals. It saves valuable time in emergency situations and provides accurate instructions, vital information, and can potentially save the patients life.

Depending on the age of the patient, a ‘supplemental’ care kit should be kept handy. This package should be tailored to the pleasure and needs of the patient as well as the caregiver. Items such as books, puzzles, a favorite toy, a change of clothing for both parties (don’t forget the slippers and nightware), toothbrushes, hairbrushes, sample sized toiletries, and snacks will take on extreme importance if hospitalization is required. This package should also include a notepad with pen or pencil for the caregiver, as they will often times find themselves in the position of needing to take notes. Make sure to unpack and repack every couple months to prevent spoilage and maintain freshness of items.

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Emergency Medical Dispatcher and How to Get an Emergency Medical Dispatcher Job

Sometimes referred to as 911 operators even though they can be found in many other work environments, emergency medical dispatchers form an important link between persons in need of emergency medical attention and paramedics and other healthcare professionals. Their work will typically entail receiving crisis calls from the scene of a medical emergency.

It is their responsibility to gather key information, quickly access the scenario, give lifesaving medical instructions and then dispatch appropriate emergency personnel to manage the emergency on site or evacuate the victim. Given the nature of the calls they receive, emergency medical dispatcher must be tactful in how he or she talks to the caller so that they can calm them down sufficiently to get an accurate picture of the extent of emergency, nature of injury suffered or illness experienced and the victim’s location.

EMDs work in a broad array of job sectors. They may be employed at a fire station, police station, a county level emergency response unit or a hospital dispatch center. As one would expect from a crisis-driven work place, the role is fast paced and the dispatcher has to cope with high stress levels. An emergency medical dispatchers sometimes must work for long and odd hours with their role often not enjoying the privilege of rest during weekends or public holidays.

For one to be an emergency medical dispatcher, they must develop ways of handling high pressure situations and managing stress. The job calls for one to make correct decisions quickly that will help stem the danger presented by the problem at hand. Since the dispatcher notifies and deploys personnel to deal with the issue on site, they must be effective team players who can coordinate rescue teams and provide additional support even when the team is already on site.

A medical dispatcher will often be called upon to provide basic life saving medical instructions over the phone. Such instructions could include essential first aid tips, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), steps to calm down the victim and the procedure of safely delivering a baby outside a medical facility.

All these are meant to keep the victim stable before the arrival of the rescue team and paramedics. This means that the dispatcher’s interpersonal and communication skills must be exceptional – any ambiguity in their communication may worsen a life threatening situation.

Like any other job in the world today, the role of technology in the day to day execution of the emergency medical dispatcher’s duties is on the increase. Therefore, the emergency medical dispatcher’s computer, internet and telecommunication literacy levels must be up to date with the most frequently used technology in the market.

In order for one to increase the probability of being called up for an EMD job interview and later hired, he or she must demonstrate proficiency in algebra, medical terminology, first aid, computer skills, psychology, biology, English, telephone communication and public speaking. The ability to speak one or more foreign languages is usually an added advantage.

One must have successfully completed a training specializing in Emergency Medical Dispatcher and that meets the standards set out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Emergency Medical Dispatchers should also obtain a National Academies of Emergency Dispatch (NAED) certificate which licenses them to work as qualified medical practitioners.

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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.