Your ER Checklist

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Above all else, PLEASE print and fill out the Medical History Form (for you and each family member) and the Consent to Treat Forms

PREPARE NOW FOR THE UNEXPECTED: YOUR ER CHECKLISTS

  • Post emergency numbers on all your telephones, and make sure your children know how to call for help. Children should be able to call 911 (or local emergency number) and give his or her name, address and a brief description of the emergency. www.emergencycareforyou.org/call911
  • Organize your family’s medical information. Complete medical history forms on each family member and keep up-to- date copies in your home, car, first aid kits and wallet. Take the forms you need when you go the ER. Seniors should consider keeping this information in their refrigerators — many emergency medical services staff will know to look for this information there. This may also include past hospital records.
  • Map the closest emergency departments to your home, business and other locations popular to you.
    • I tell ALL parents to print out a copy of the map and directions and post them on the fridge–along with any necessary medical information.  That way you, a babysitter, or anyone else at home with your family and children can grab the information and take it with them to the ER.
    • PLEASE also fill out the Consent To Treat Form, and have this clipped together with the Medical History Form and directions to the nearest ER, on your fridge.  I have experienced MANY times when I had an ill child and no parental consent to treat–by law, we will treat children for life-threatening emergencies without parents there, but it still TRULY holds up their care.  Prevent delays to your children’s care by filling out this form.
  • Keep well-stocked first aid kits in your home and car. Home First Aid Kit
  • Add In-Case-of-Emergency (“ICE”) entries to your cell phone address book. If you arrive in the ER unconscious, emergency staff will check your cell phone for ICE contact information.

Want to learn more? Check out EmergencyCareForYou.org, the official website of The American College of Emergency Medicine.