Community Education-Pertinent Information
For this month, we would like to focus on the importance of having information ready when first responders arrive at your residence. Having a sheet of medications, allergies, and past medical history along with demographic information assists with effective and swift treatment. We will build a sample sheet of what EMS needs when they arrive on scene and explain some of the lesser known areas. Attached to this article will be a simple Emergency Information Sheet we encourage you to fill out and place in easy view of first responders entering your home.
First and foremost, we need your demographic information such as name and date of birth (DOB) so that we can get you registered at the hospital and allow us to determine the best treatment paths for your age bracket. Next would be your medical history, medications, and medication allergies. Finally, an emergency contact or two would be helpful if you are not conscious and cannot tell us the above information.
What is Past Medical History (PMH)?
Past medical history is any previous or current medical condition that you have been diagnosed with. These can include but are not limited to heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, GI issues, Lung/Pulmonary issues, Psychiatric issues, and other conditions.
Why does EMS need PMH?
EMS needs PMH so that we can establish possible treatments and initial testing such as blood sugar along with knowing what conditions may be causing your current symptoms you are experiencing.
What medications should I list?
The best answer is all of them. This way if you happen to forget a condition you have, EMS can use the medications to figure out what they are being taken for. Most importantly is knowing your most current medications so that EMS can make sure to not give you a medication in an emergency situation that may not mix well with your current medications.
What are medication allergies?
Medication allergies are allergies that are triggered by certain medications. Some of the most common medication allergies are reactions to Penicillin or Sulfa drugs. It is important to list these medications so that EMS and hospital staff do not unknowingly give you a medication that you have an allergy to. . Reactions can be mild such as hives to severe such as an anaphylactic reaction.
Lastly, having emergency contacts listed with their phone numbers and relationship to you is important in case they need to be reached by EMS or hospital staff.
Below is the link to print out the Info Sheet: