If you or a family member has a medical condition it is important to now what needs to be done in the event of an emergency.
If you are living with a medical condition there may be times when you find yourself in a medical emergency. If your condition could result in you becoming unconscious or unable to speak it is important for you and your family to be prepared and have a plan put in place.
Make sure you always carry identification with you, then if you are out on your own when an emergency strikes anyone who finds you and medical professionals will be able to identify who you are. If you suffer with a condition such as diabetes, an allergic reaction, asthma, epilepsy or are taking an anticoagulant it is a good idea to carry a medical alert card or wear an ID bracelet or ID necklace. These can carry information about your condition, medication you take and details of your next of kin. They ensure that medical professionals are quickly aware of your condition and know instantly what treatment you require. Wearing one of these can literally mean the difference between life and death.
If your condition requires you to take medication, always ensure you carry this with you at all times. For example if you have an allergy that can cause you to have anaphylactic shock, it is essential that you carry your adrenaline in an easily accessible place, and that family and friends know where this is kept and are taught how to administer it.
It is important that everyone in the family and close friends are prepared and know what to do in an emergency. Call a family meeting and discuss with everyone, including children your condition, what signs they need to look for and what treatment needs to be given. This should be a calm discussion without raising tensions or fear, however children should know that it's ok to be afraid and to talk about any fears they may have. Continue to talk about your condition and treatment after the discussion, the more you talk about it the more information will be remembered. Everyone should know what information needs to be conveyed when calling the emergency services and where medication and a first aid kit is stored. It is a good idea to store all medication and first aid equipment in one, clearly marked place, where it can be easily collected in the event of an emergency.
If you have young children, ensure someone is available to care for them in the event of you having to go to hospital. Have a box or jar that always has cash in it for food and supplies. These will give you peace of mind and everyone will know what to do in the event of an emergency.