Emergency Health Information

When an emergency happens, whether it's a heart attack or a hurricane, it's critical that medical service providers have access to health information for anyone who needs assistance.

While you can't predict when an emergency may happen, you can be prepared. Make sure that key health information is up to date, accurate and handy.

If you have children, it is important to handle their emergency health information similarly. You may not be available to provide needed information in an emergency.

Include in your health record, whether digital or paper, the following information:

  • Your name, age and sex
  • Your address
  • Your medication names, doses and schedules
  • Your medical equipment
  • Your chronic medical conditions, such as epilepsy
  • Medical consent form
  • Aspects of your health history that could be helpful to emergency medical responders, including allergies and immunization record
  • Phone numbers for professional emergency contacts, such as your family doctor, local emergency services, emergency road service providers, and the regional poison control center
  • Phone numbers for a personal emergency contact, such as a friend or a family member who you've asked to serve in this role
  • Portable digital device. Put the list on a wearable USB or other device that you keep with you.

Excerpt from Mayo clinic article on basics of health care information.

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