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Emergency Room Tips

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At times it can be difficult to explain your medical history or trial and error with treatment options to the nurses and doctors while visiting the ER. Even more so when experiencing high pain levels, and symptoms that can follow from it.

Here’s a quick-reference list of emergency room tips. Take a screenshot and keep as quick reference. 

  • List of current medications and doses
  • Summarized history of your conditions, operations/surgeries, and current treatment plan
  • Have someone accompany you
  • Contact anyone you need to before you enter the hospital
  • Bring a portable heat pad or hot water bottle
  • Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes
  • Calmness, honesty and kindness

List of current medications and doses

It can be helpful to have a list of your current medications and doses on your person. Keep it somewhere easily accessible such as in your wallet or wherever you keep your health card.

Summarized history of your conditions, operations/surgeries, and current treatment plan

At times it can be difficult to explain your medical history or trial and error with treatment options to the nurses and doctors while visiting the ER. Even more so when experiencing high pain levels, and symptoms that can follow from it. Keeping a summarized history of your conditions, operations/surgeries, and current treatment plan can be easily handed to the nurses for review if you’re having difficulty communicating.

Have someone accompany you

Whenever possible, have someone accompany you in an emergency.

Contact anyone you need to before you enter the hospital

Many hospitals have limited wifi or cell service in the ER. If you need to contact people to assist you or inform them of your situation, try to do so before entering the hospital.

Bring a portable heat pad or hot water bottle

Wait times in the ER differ from place to place. There is the possibility that you could be waiting for a few hours to be seen, which can lead to more discomfort. If possible, bring a portable heat pad to avoid the need for electrical outlets, or a hot water bottle that can be refilled in the washroom.

Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes

Dress accordingly. Loose fitting, comfortable pants and shirts to make it easier for examinations, changing into a hospital gown, blood work and other possible tests.

Calmness, honesty and kindness

Try your best to remain calm. Be honest about your pain levels and symptoms. Be kind.