When you visit an emergency room, or any physician's office, you're likely to be bombarded with questions about the patient. If you're in crisis mode, you probably won’t be at your best and may not be able to respond with details that are not part of your day-to-day "databank."
Create a family emergency "grab 'n go" kit. This folder or packet should contain important family medical information and be placed in an accessible spot in your home.
This item is different from the disaster kits you may have heard of. It's more like a "lockbox" or "fire safe" of medical information, made portable in the event of a visit to the ER.
Click here to read more about this kit and what it should include.
Be prepared. Have a plan.
Again, it's important to talk openly about what to do in case of an emergency. Make sure everyone in your family is aware of the plan and the kit.
Listen to everyone's questions and play out different "what if" scenarios. It need not be a morbid conversation, just a frank discussion.
Family members should also take courses in first-aid basics so that they are prepared to help an injured person in a way that is safe for everyone involved.
Contact the Red Cross or your local YMCA to see what courses are available for your family to take.