Learn what you should take to the hospital during an emergency.
The CDC estimates that 123.8 million people visit the ER each year. Most trips to the Emergency Room begin in a hurry. When you’re busy deciding if you should drive on your own or call 911, the last thing on your mind is what to pack. Avoid indecision in the future by knowing ahead of time what to bring to the ER.
You don’t need to bring a ton of paperwork with you, but you should be aware of your own medical history and your family members’ medical history. Keep a basic list of your own previous surgeries and medical conditions, as well as your kids’, in an easy-to-find place at home. Make sure other adults in your family know where to find the list.
ER doctors and nurses will need to know what medications you’re on and what you take regularly. If you take extensive medications, keep a list somewhere safe and make sure your family knows where to find it. Write down what your kids take ahead of time so you can grab that list in the event of an emergency.
Bring your proof of health insurance and any prescription cards you may have. Don’t forget your identification.
If you need to bring children to the ER, pack a few items to entertain them, within reason. You might bring along a handheld game or a small DVD player. Just avoid bringing lots of toys or noisy items.
If your loved one is admitted, you may find yourself in the hospital for several hours. Wear something comfortable and wear layers in case you get chilly.
Whatever your medical emergency, at St. Lucie Medical Center, you can count our Emergency Care team to treat you quickly and effectively. In fact, we work to keep our ER wait times well below the national average. When you need us, we're here to help.