No one wants to think about going to the emergency room. The very nature of an emergency means you do not have time to pack a bag and gather your things. However, you can plan ahead by getting your belongings and relevant information together in advance. To be prepared when you go to the emergency room, create a small emergency room “grab and go” bag with these items that you need to bring with you.
Bring Proof of Insurance and ID.
First and foremost, the emergency room will need to verify your identity and proof of insurance. If applicable, bring your co-pay as well.
Have a List of Medications Ready, or Bring Medications with You.
Medications do the body good when used correctly, but some may have unknown side effects or interact with foods, beverages, alcohol or other medications, contributing to your emergency. Bring complete, recent list of medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as herbal supplements. If your list is incomplete, bring the medications with you.
Have a List of Allergies, Adverse Reactions, Current Doctors, a Simple Breakdown of Your Medical History and a Copy of Your Advance Directive Ready.
Similar to your medication list, have a list of all allergies, adverse reactions and current doctors ready. If you have a printed copy of your relevant medical history, this information should be located on the printout. It may also be worth the time to type up your personal health history, including major procedures, surgeries, illnesses and hospitalizations. If applicable, bring copies of your advance directive as well.
Bring a Bucket, Bag or Basin, If Nauseated.
If nauseated or vomiting, bring a bucket, basin or plastic bag to the emergency room. Staff members will provide you with an emesis bag upon arrival, but having these items while on the way is a big help.
Wear Proper Attire, and Bring a Small Lap Blanket.
An emergency room can be cold, and when you are sick, you may feel even colder. Wear the proper attire, and bring a small blanket or throw.
Bring Someone with You.
You may be unable to drive after receiving treatment in the emergency room. Bring someone with you to the emergency room in case you cannot get home on your own afterward.
Be Prepared, and Make Your Visit to the Emergency Room Less Stressful.
When an emergency happens, you do not have the time to find your medications and medical information. Before an emergency occurs, get these items together in an easy, accessible place in your home. That way, you can grab and go.