If a member of your family has a medical emergency, do you know what to do? Do you know what medications, vitamins or herbal supplements they take?
I remember the first time the ambulance came for my mother and the paramedic asked us what medications she was taking. We scrambled for the medicine bottles that, fortunately, were kept in one basket. This took precious time that may not always be available in a critical situation.
After that we made a medication log that included family medical history. This was kept on our computer and updated with EVERY medication/dosage change. Updating the information is extremely important. A printed copy was kept in a plastic folder and clipped to the refrigerator. The next time the paramedics came we simply reached for the folder. They were extremely grateful and commented that they wished everyone would do this.
So, I urge you to take the time. Once the info is in the computer it’s just a matter of updating it regularly. Here is a great online resource with some form options::
You could also make up your own spreadsheet. Your loved ones and emergency responders will thank you for it.
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