Being prepared for a medical emergency can mean the difference between immediate relief or exacerbated symptoms—or, in some instances, life or death.
Guava Health compiled a list of important medical information to have prepared in case of an emergency. Having a few key pieces of medical information can be important to help doctors treat you for many different health emergencies and conditions. In some cases, such as with allergies to certain medications, your condition could actually worsen when doctors don’t know your medical history.
There are many ways to keep track of this information, from medical ID bracelets to a simple sheet of paper. Paper copies of medical history should be stored in multiple places—such as a wallet, glove box, and on the fridge at home—so they’re easy to locate. Some people prefer the convenience of emergency health information cards, which offer easy and convenient ways to ensure medical information is always at hand.
While traveling, be sure to note the closest medical facilities to where you’re staying, keep all emergency contact information on you, and make sure any medical devices are visible. Those with diabetes may also carry a continuous glucose monitor, which tracks glucose levels and conveys the information to medical professionals.