If your loved one needs to be rushed to the hospital it’s important to have the right information ready to tell the hospital staff.
Knowing your loved one’s medical history or private health insurance provider can help the hospital staff to give your loved one the right treatment.
This information is also useful to give to your loved one’s carer in case you are not available in an emergency situation.
Aged Carer has provided a list of things you need to know in case your loved one needs to be rushed to hospital.
• Doctor’s information: It’s important to have the name, number and other contact details of your loved one’s doctor or specialist. The hospital staff can then contact the doctor to ask about your loved one’s medical history if they need to.
• Birth date: An emergency situation can be quite stressful and it’s often easy to forget simple information such as your loved one’s birth date. It’s also useful to have this information handy in case a carer needs to take your loved one to the hospital.
• Allergies: It’s important to know what your loved one is allergic to so you can ensure they receive the right treatment at hospital. It’s best to write down their allergies in case some medications are difficult to pronounce.
• Current medications: It’s important to carry a list of your loved one’s current medications. This will ensure the hospital staff can provide the right medication to your loved one.
• Medical issues: Inform the hospital staff of any medical issues your loved one suffers from such as diabetes, dementia or sore and broken bones.
• Medicare and health insurance information: Keep a record of your loved one’s private health insurance provider and their Medicare number.
Write this important information down on a piece of paper or in an information book and keep it in a handy spot. That way you or a carer can grab it in an emergency situation.