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Medical History Must-Have’s

November 8th, 2014

This month, before the holiday rush steals all your attention, I want to help you get your medical history organized.

The trick is this information has to be both detailed and concise. In an emergency, doctors don’t have a lot of time to get the facts, so it’s wonderful to be able to provide a quick snapshot of your medical information.

medical history must have

Once you’ve created and labeled a paper file for your medical history, it’s time to break out your favourite pen and create a point-form list with clear section headings. Here are some ideas of what to include:

  • All health card numbers, insurance numbers etc.
  • A list of medications including dosages, frequency and why you take them
  • Known allergies or reactions to medications
  • Family history of known illnesses
  • Emergency contacts and relationships, including your doctor’s contact information
  • Dates of major operations, incidents, results and examinations etc.
  • A copy of any specific advanced medical directives and power of attorney information

Remember this is meant to be an at-a-glance document. You can have more detailed notes in supporting documents tucked in the back of your file folder, just be sure to date them and file accordingly.

For the month of November, we’re prescribing the best tips and techniques for organizing your family’s medical history. Make a weekly appointment to read our Blog Posts so that you’ll never be caught unprepared in a medical emergency. Don’t forget to Like us on Facebook for more decluttering tips and elegant advice for organizing your home, office, and your life.

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