More often than not, there’s chaos in the emergency room. Have you ever been to one where the waiting game is not prevalent? It would be hard to believe such a scenario, because the average waiting time in the slowest ER facilities is about 6+ hours. 4 hours, is the average time spent in a normal ER from arrival to discharge.
Moreover, it pays to be prepared to avoid causing more delays. You should always have a grab-and-go file ready at home by creating the file for each family member. If you have all the pertinent medical information with you, it will definitely help speed up the process.
What should be included in the file?
- list of medications
- doctors and their contact numbers
- immunization record
- allergies (drug as well as latex)
- insurance information
- short medical history detailing past surgeries as well as major health problems
- current medical conditions