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by AARP, September 8, 2010
Upon arrival at the ER, hospital personnel will ask about insurance coverage, medications and medical history. Create an emergency room kit that you or your loved one can easily grab on the way to the hospital and that includes the following:
Also, help your loved one create an “in case of emergency” card to keep in a wallet or purse.
Emergency physicians now recommend that people add “in case of emergency” (or ICE) entries to their cell phone address books. That way, if a patient arrives in the ER unable to answer questions, hospital staff can easily identify that person’s emergency contacts.
Add at least two such contacts — for instance, type ICE1-wife and ICE2-daughter.
Determine the fastest route to the nearest hospital, and keep directions with your loved one’s emergency room kit. Remember that there are times when it makes more sense to call an ambulance than to drive yourself. The American College of Emergency Physicians recommends calling an ambulance:
If your loved one lives in a rural area that’s not covered by the 911 system, keep the telephone number for the local emergency medical service by the phone.
If your loved one experiences any of these classic warning signs, don't delay in seeking medical care:
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