Are you Prepared for a Medical Emergency?
According to a recent report released by
the CDC, nearly 1 in 5 Americans make a
trip to the emergency room each year. And
Canadians are among the most frequent
users of emergency departments in the
world, with an average of 17 million visits
a year. Medical emergencies can happen at
work, at home or while on vacation. They
often happen with little or no warning and
can be frightening, stressful and chaotic.
What happens when an accident, a heart
attack, poisoning or other emergency leaves
you unconscious or otherwise unable to
communicate to family, friends, co-workers
and emergency personnel? Will they know
who to call, what medications you’re on or
what pre-existing medical conditions you
have? Even those closest to you can have a
hard time remembering and conveying that
information to medical personnel during the
stress of an emergency event.