Thinking and planning for one’s death is often difficult and overwhelming for each of us. We would rather hope that death would never come. However, many of us will face prolonged illnesses and we will have to make tough decisions.
To prepare for medical emergencies, ACEP recommends that you organize your family's medical information.
Good Samaritan laws were put in place to encourage rescuers who voluntarily help others in emergency situations do so without fear of later being sued by the victim for making a mistake or causing further harm.
Dying is an inevitable event. That said, the process of dying, a phase often referred to as "the end of life" can be puzzling and frightening to patients and caregivers.
Learning how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) saves lives
It’s a difficult topic for many to discuss let alone take action on. What are your legal health care wishes in the unfortunate chance you are incapacitated and can’t speak or act for yourself?
Medical Forms 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 to the emergency department. Complete consent to treat forms for each child. (Separate forms are available for special needs children.) Provide copies to all caregivers (e.g., babysitters, relatives, school nurses, and teachers). This form will allow caregivers to authorize treatment in an emergency situation when you're away from your child. Personal Medical History Form Consent to Treat Form (English) Consent to treat form (Spanish) EIF form fillable PDF
There are numerous family disasters that can occur, but many ways to prepare for them are similar. ACEP recommends that families first identify what types of disasters are common in their region.
One of the most important factors in preparing for medical emergencies is to do everything you can to prevent them. Always put safety first by practicing caution and common sense and following safety instructions when given.
Emergency physicians are concerned that people are confused about when to seek medical care in emergency departments. Nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of emergency physicians responding to a poll said they treat patients every day who ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them.
Emergency physicians are recommending that people with cellular phones add "ICE'" entries into their cell phone address books.