Whether it’s an emergency or a routine physical with your doctor, one of the most important things you can do to ensure you get the right health care at the right time is to carry a list of your current medications.
In an emergency, knowing what you’re taking means your caregivers can make sure you don’t get additional medications that might cause complications. In your doctor’s office, you can pull out your handy list and make sure the records in your chart are up to date. You can also use it when you’re asked about your medical history before a diagnostic or surgical procedure.
Frederick Regional Health System (FMH) is offering Emergency Medical Record cards – each tucked in a convenient plastic sleeve – to members of our community at no cost. To pick one up, just drop by the hospital or any of our satellite offices (FMH Rose Hill, FMH Crestwood, FMH Urbana, Mt. Airy Health Services, and all FMH Immediate Care locations). Ask any member of our registration staff for your card and they’ll be happy to give you one.
Prefer to print your own copy at home? No problem. While we haven’t figured out how to print the plastic sleeves on your standard home office printer, you can print the paper portion (PDF) and fold it down to the size of a business card.
Take a few moments to fill out the card (we recommend writing in pencil so you can easily make changes and updates) and put it in your wallet or purse. Be sure to update your medications list each time a new medicine is added or if the dosage changes for a medicine you already have on the list.
With any luck, you won’t need to reference it at all until your next routine doctor’s appointment — but it will be ready and close at hand whenever the need arises.