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Before an Emergency – Consider These Ideas

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Even when you’re ready, it takes courage to enter the hospital. You don’t know the future.

Emergent – See This List for Urgent Care

Thinking ahead about potential chaos moments can reduce the fear and panic and help you feel more in control of an uncertain, emergent situation. 

Whether you are young, young parents or getting older and with chronic illness, sometimes things happen which require emergency care. A trip to the hospital isn’t required now.  If you have the time now, when things are calm, what can you consider bringing? Having a “ready bag” isn’t just a handy thing, it can save time and your life or your loved one’s life.

So, if an emergency health crisis happens, here’s a list, some of which can be pre-packed, for when you need it:

  • an up-to-date list of all medications being taken and the instructions for each medication
  • A description of any chronic illnesses you have: e.g. diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, arthritis, cancer, heart conditions, asthma, mental illness
  • A copy of your Personal Directive, with contact names and phone numbers
  • Adhesive medical chart labels – regarding your chronic illness(es)
  • iPad, with earphones and charging cable plus an extension cord (6 feet)
  • Travel size baby wipes for hand cleaning and freshening
  • Travel size skin cream, lip balm, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Sweater, warm shawl with pockets, neck scarf (because hospitals are always cold)
  • For your emotional well-being, while you wait for diagnosis and treatment or admission, consider bringing:
    • Music, calming prayers, journal, cards to prompt you to calmness, stillness and listening
    • Silly putty
    • Gaming device, with earphones, especially for children
    • Gum
    • Neck Pillow
    • Water bottles
    • Disposable hand and foot warmers
    • Crosswords
    • DVD player, with DVDs, and earphones
    • Knitting
    • AND only if you are permitted by the staff to have food, then pull out
      • Dried Fruit or raisins
      • Tetley tea bags
      • Thermos of tea
      • Granola bars, Goldfish crackers, soda biscuits




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