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