One of life’s scariest moments can come when one is having a medical emergency.
With that being the case, where would you turn if faced with such an experience?
For many people, the first thought is to head to their nearest hospital’s emergency room? That said is going there the best choice at the end of the day?
Stop before you get into such a situation and think about emergency room wait times.
Do you want to be waiting for an hour or even several hours when you have an emergency in your life?
What if you had better options to choose from?
Do Your Research Before an Emergency Strikes Your Life
In looking at your options with a medical emergency, think about the following:
- Emergency Center – Instead of a hospital and help being slow, is it time to consider other options? Check out any emergency centers in your area where you live and work. Although some emergencies mean getting you to the nearest facility, you’d prefer options. If possible, you could in writing say if you can’t communicate with EMT’s you want your nearest emergency center.
- Right Contacts – Will your family or a close friend know what is going on when you are dealing with an emergency? Unfortunately, some fail to have such contact info either on a smartphone or in their wallet or purse. As a result, it can be hard for medical staff to alert one’s loved ones. Make sure you have relevant info written down somewhere. This is so the right people in your life know what is happening to you.
- Your Medical History – It is also key that you have your medical history written down. Make it so medical personnel can access such details when you are having a medical emergency. Of most importance is to know if you are allergic to any specific medicines. The last thing you’d want is to get something you will have a bad reaction to.
- Costs Involved – Last, while you hate to put a price on your health, do you have a good insurance plan in place? In the event you do not, you could end up with quite a bill at the end of the day by going to a hospital emergency room. Make sure your health insurance plan is up to date when it comes to payments. Also know what coverage you have and what kind of deductible you are looking at. Even though your health is the top priority, you do not want to come home to a major medical bill. You could be thinking and stressing over that as you recover from your emergency.
If you are lucky in life, you will avoid having a medical emergency.
That said the reality of the matter is many individuals will not be so lucky. Whether a heart attack, stroke, serious accident, the list could go on and on.
If faced with a medical emergency one day, do your best to turn to the right people to help you.