Public Encouraged to Take Steps to Prepare for Unexpected Emergency
Indianapolis EMS educates public on ways to be ready for an emergency
Contact: Todd Harper
Indianapolis, May 17, 2012 -- In a medical emergency, the time that lapses between the onslaught of an injury or illness and when treatment actually begins can make all the difference. Quick medical action is essential and it is extremely important for doctors, nurses and paramedics to have as much key information about a patient’s medical history as possible.
To assist in making sure EMTs and paramedics have all the information needed to assess the situation and respond in the most appropriate manner, Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (Indianapolis EMS) has started an educational campaign to provide tips and answer questions about what to do during an emergency.
"When treating a patient during an emergency seconds can make all the difference," said Dr. Charles Miramonti, chief of Indianapolis EMS. "The more information available for emergency paramedics and EMTs when first responding to the needs of an injured person can really help in the treatment and hopefully eventual recovery."
According to the National Institute on Aging, it is recommended that people carry:
- Clear identification with their name and address
- A list of any medical conditions and medication regularly taken (including herbs and supplements)
- Name and phone number of a personal doctor
- Name and phone number of family and close friends
- Information on whether the patient wears contact lenses
- Chief Miramonti suggests a person write all this information on a card kept behind their driver’s license in your wallet or purse. Typically, paramedics, EMTs and nurses will try to locate a piece of identification first, so it is always good to keep the two together. The information can be placed on a simple index card or in a small flip notebook.
"We often have to track a patient’s medical history through talking with family and friends or trying to get as much information out of the patient as possible, but this can often be time consuming and not always accurate," Chief Miramonti said.
Indianapolis EMS will also be handing out information cards throughout the community with tips for the public to follow while waiting for an ambulance to arrive at an emergency. The cards offer important information that will assist both the patient and the emergency responders. The cards can also be obtained by calling Indianapolis EMS at 317-630-7432.
National EMS Week is May 20 – 26 and is a perfect time to ensure that you’re doing all you can to prepare for an emergency situation. By carrying with you current and important contact and medical information, as well as by educating yourself on what to do during an emergency, both yourself and the community as a whole will be more safe as a result.
Indianapolis EMS was formed in 2010 as a partnership between the City of Indianapolis, Indiana University School of Medicine and Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County (HHC), with Wishard as the supervising hospital. IEMS operates as a division of the Department of Public Safety and was formed via unification of Wishard and Indianapolis Fire Department EMS services. The service benefits from medical leadership in quality, education, training and research from the Indiana University School of Medicine.
To learn more about Indianapolis EMS, visit www.IndianapolisEMS.org. You can also follow Indianapolis EMS on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/IndianapolisEMS) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/indianapolisems).