senior health

When you hear save a life, what do you think of? Many of us think about donating blood, signing off as an organ donors etc. And while that is very true, there are certain things about a senior’s health that are crucial for others to know, especially paramedics. A paramedic may be called to assist a senior’s health situation but not know the background or medical history of the senior.  There could be very important things that need to be known.

Many seniors wear a medical alert bracelet or necklace. These are important for a senior’s health as they identify to others i.e. paramedics or hospital staff certain medical conditions. What they don’t always tell is other key information that may be critical to a senior’s health and diagnosis.

So what else should a paramedic or hospital staff know to help a senior’s health and prognosis?

Well, to start identification of the senior’s current medication. Any prescription drugs that a senior may be taking, can help in diagnosing a situation.  For example, a senior may be on blood pressure medication and a 911 call is made because the senior is feeling faint or has fainted. Perhaps it is a reaction to their blood pressure medication.

Or a senior requires insulin to manage their diabetes, and again there is a call to 911 because a senior is faint or non responsive. Maybe it is a blood sugar issue. So knowing that they are required to take insulin is crucial information.

The new File of Life card is an amazing way for family and caregivers to note key information about a senior that could help a paramedic and help save a life. Simply placing the information on a magnetic card on the fridge allows the paramedics to quickly obtain key information. Information that in fact could safe a life. Worth filling out as a caregiver or senior, I think!

See original article and please take action today. Put key information that may help in a visible place like the fridge! It may help a senior’s health and save their life. Read original article here http://rutherford.dailyvoice.com/lifestyle/file-of-life-cards-aid-carlstadt-first-responders/674307/#.V72cxB9du4M.facebook

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