How to Prepare for an E.R. Visit

A trip to the emergency room is never a picnic, but with a little preparation, you can reduce your stress level and ensure that you or your loved one gets the best care possible.

AARP recommends preparing an emergency room kit – before you need it! Ideally, this kit will include:

  • A summary of your or your loved one’s medical history, including allergies and a current list of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • A list of emergency contacts
  • Health insurance cards
  • Copies of legal documents, such as healthcare power of attorney or living will
  • A change of clothing
  • Toiletries

Keeping these items together in a place where they can be easily grabbed on your way out the door will give you peace of mind and make your arrival at the ER go as smoothly as possible. 

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