No matter what your age, it is important your medical records are current, accurate and easily accessible at all times. Here are a few simple ideas to help you get organized and organize your medical records:
In Case of Emergency Card: Having an I.C.E. Card can save your life! Besides listing emergency contact information, the card should include a list of all medical conditions, allergies, medications and dosages, and instructions for accessing your home if you become incapacitated. Update twice a year. Download card at Naples news.com.
Vision & audible prescriptions: Keep hard copies of your vision and audible prescriptions in your wallet at all times, as well as photos of both your vision and audible prescriptions stored in your smartphone.
Pill jars: Always carry pills in the original, labeled pharmacy container with the prescription glued to the outside. If the bottle is too big, ask your pharmacist for a smaller bottle with a duplicate label. Having the pill jars carefully labeled will help you avoid any problems with curious customs agents and/or TSA agents.
Artificial knees, shoulders and hips, and pacemakers: These days, even an underwire bra will set-off the body scanning machines at the airport. If you have a pacemaker or have had hip, knee or shoulder replacement surgery, be sure to travel with a letter from your doctor. Keeping sound medical records is paramount.
Make others aware: Do NOT hide medical conditions, allergies and medications from your family! Make sure everyone is aware of any and all medications you are taking. It’s paramount that you organize your medical records and keep them up to date.