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Be Prepared!

In an Emergency...

We all hope it never happens, but what if there is a medical emergency and you had to be rushed to the hospital via ambulance? Would you be prepared for an unplanned hospital stay and absence from your home?

Your emergency kit should include:

  • A copy of your driver’s license and insurance card. Ambulance drivers often do not take purses or wallets to the hospital, so having a copy of these documents on hand is critical.
  • A list of your current medications. This, too, is critical for treating you properly, immediately and effectively.
  • The names, relationships and phone numbers of your emergency contacts.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care paperwork, if available, identifying who is your surrogate for medical decisions if you are incapacitated.
  • A key to your house so you can get back in when you return home (ambulance drivers always lock the door when they leave).
  • A change of clothes just in case your clothing is damaged.
  • Plans for pet care, including contact information of individuals who can feed and walk your pet in your absence.
  • Denture needs (denture cream is not among hospital supplied toiletries).
  • An extra pair of eyeglasses.

Eisenhower Healthy Living Resource Center offers a convenient Vial of Life that contains a document you can fill out in advance with important information to help emergency personnel provide you with appropriate treatment. Emergency personnel are trained to look for the Vial of Life. The magnetized sleeve (perfect for the refrigerator) holds lists of your personal and medical information, emergency contacts, doctors, medications and health insurance. You can also keep copies of the information in your car and in your emergency kit. To obtain the Vial of Life, call the Eisenhower Healthy Living Resource Center at 760-568-1234 or 760-610-7205.


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