Somebody call 911!

We had a sobering experience at a presentation this morning.  Gordon was talking about the stroke and recovery experience when an audience member collapsed and required medical attention.  We all moved to another room while the EMTs attended to their patient.

The patient was new to this group so no one knew him.  Luckily, one person had the man’s business card so they knew his name.  He had no medical or contact information in his wallet.  What a scary and vulnerable place to be!

Gordon was only halfway through his presentation but with the turn of events at the meeting, his message certainly took on greater significance.  It also reinforced the importance of having certain information readily available in your wallet in case of emergency.

Do you carry written information showing your name, the name and phone number of your emergency contact, a list of your medications, and any other important information regarding your health?  If you are unable to communicate, would a medical professional be aware of your important details?  If the answer is no, do it now!  We used:

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This really shook up Gordon. His stroke was 7 years ago (March 27,2008) and he had passed out.  Luckily he was home and I could notify the team when they asked if he was taking any medication, any medical history, etc. . But what if he wasn’t home?  What then?

Even if you take no medication at all, a medical info card is important.  It will take 10 minutes to complete.  Do it now! 

Jill Viggiano

2 thoughts on “Somebody call 911!

  1. Gordon and Jill

    While doing my physical cardiac rehab at OHSU, a bunch of the folks mentioned they are registered at

    For a very nominal fee per year, one gets a bracelet that identifies (1) a web address (2) a serial number and (3) a PIN.

    When an EMS person, emergency room person or any other medical person enters that web address with the serial number/PIN, they can access a wealth of information that you have confidentially keyed in.

    On your record they can access:
    — contact “if there is an emergency” people
    — all your treating physicians from your primary to all your specialists
    — the current medications you are taking
    — your allergies and meds allergic to
    — your health insurance info
    — home address
    — etc etc etc etc
    — basically everything an EMS person or an Emergency or Intensive Care Unit person would ever need (especially if you were incapacitated).

    So go to to read about the program. Hit the “Purchase” button and it will lead you to a “Learn More” button, to read about the program. hashundreds of bracelet types, styles and colors. I chose a pink bracelet in memory of my late wife who passed away from Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

    Just another idea to consider.

    With deep respect,

    Greg Gates

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