Preparation is key for most things in life. While you can't plan for an emergency, you can be prepared when an emergency occurs. For health care emergencies, it is important to have available the following:
A current list of all medications. There are many medications that should not be taken together. Providing your health care provider with a list of all medications you are currently taken may prevent harmful effects of medication combination.
Insurance information. To be assured that billing is processed correctly, a copy of your current health insurance card is necessary. Community Memorial Hospital accepts many different insurance plans.
Emergency contact. Having your loved ones close during a health care emergency has many benefits. Have available emergency contact information in your purse or wallet, your car and in your cell phone.
Advance directive. Communicating with your loved ones about your wishes in the event of a catastrophic health event is not always easy, but important. Should a health care issue or accident leave you unable to communicate, an advance directive such as a living will and health care power of attorney will ensure your wishes are followed.