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:
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 the card at naplesnews.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 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.
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.