A car runs a stop sign and knocks you to the ground as you’re crossing the street. Your car skids on an icy patch and hits a tree. Or maybe your walk in the park ends abruptly when a heart attack strikes.
Any of these situations could render you unconscious and in an ambulance heading to the nearest emergency room.
What you do today could help make that very bad day in the future a little bit better.
Right now, print and fill out this handy wallet card from the National Patient Safety Foundation and tuck it into your wallet. It’s that easy.
Then, when someone in that future emergency room pulls out your wallet, they’ll have more than just your name and address. They’ll know if you’re on any medications, or diabetic, or have a heart condition, or a severe reaction to any medications. All of those things could affect your treatment. They’ll know who your doctor is, and where they can get your medical records. They’ll know who you wanted contacted in an emergency.
Hospital emergency staff are good at detective work, and sooner or later they would have tracked down your vital information. For your own safety, make it easy for them. Your life could depend on it.
Hospital emergency staff are good at detective work, and sooner or later they would have tracked down this vital information. (Your health insurance card in your wallet can also help them get some information.) But for your own safety, make it easy for them. Your life could depend on it.
Five minutes now, and you’re set. The National Patient Safety Foundation also recommends that you pull the card out at your doctor visits, and review it with your doctor to make sure it’s up to date.
There. That was easy.
And don’t forget to check your hospital’s quality and safety ratings through the Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Group conducts surveys that look at patient results, care resources and organizational structures to assess safety.