Are you prepared for a medical emergency at your home? A medical emergency can happen at any time, to anyone. You don’t have to be elderly or chronically ill to encounter this issue. A medical crisis can occur with young children, teenagers, or middle-aged individuals. Here are a few things to consider so that your household is prepared.
Note: This information was compiled from my own personal experience. I’m not a medical professional or a doctor. This is simply information for you to consider as you prepare your household for a potential medical emergency.
Items to Prepare for a Medical Emergency
1. First Aid Kit – It’s always helpful to have a First Aid Kit in your home. It contains items like bandages, tape, and first aid cream. You can make your own kit, or purchase one from a store. Either way, it’s great to have in your home. We also carry one in each car.
2. Phone Numbers – If a medical emergency occurs, you’ll want to have your phone numbers ready and easy to access. We post ours on the fridge, and they list our relatives, neighbors and friends, as well as important numbers we may need. Here is a blank printable phone number chart for you to use:
3. Medication Wallet Card – You will want to have a list of medications for each person in your household. Include the name, dosage, and time normally taken.
4. Your plan of action – Once you call 911, and help has arrived, you will want to make sure you have a plan in place. Here are some things to consider:
- If you have young children, who will you contact to watch them?
- If you have pets, is there someone who can take care of them? If time allows, feed them and let them outside before you leave for the hospital.
- Do you have any other special requirements?
5. Hospital Bag – Even if you don’t anticipate a medical emergency, it is extremely helpful to have a bag packed. When a crisis strikes, it is important to stay calm. However, it may be difficult to concentrate. That’s why preparing a small bag ahead of time can be very helpful.
- Phone numbers – doctors, relatives, neighbors and friends
- List of Medications
- Non-Perishable snacks (for example: granola bars)
- Reading material / book
When it’s time to leave, you can add the following items to your bag on your way out:
- Cell phone charger
- Bottle of water
- Piece of fruit – banana or apple
Turn a light on, in case you’re gone for a while. Lock the doors to your home, and drive safely.
We hope that you and your family stay healthy and safe. However, should a medical emergency arise, you will be more prepared.
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