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Breast Cancer: Post Treatment 0 - 6 Months: Medical Care

How To Consider What To Do In Event Of A Medical Emergency

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While emergencies can happen to anyone, you may be more vulnerable to emergencies because of your health history. It is suggested that you take a few minutes to cover yourself "just in case."  You do not have to take all these steps at once. Perhaps do one a day. It is helpful to give yourself a deadline. 

Consider the following:

  • The types of emergency care available near home, where you work, and other places in which you spend a lot of time, and when to go to which resource. This includes deciding which emergency room to go to if you need the resources of an emergency room. (While you're at it, learn how to maximize your time in an Emergency Room. See the document in "To Learn More.") 
  • How and what to communicate to first emergency responders.
  • In case you become unable to communicate, wear a medical alert, carry a computer flash drive or a card to let emergency first responders know about your medical condition, treatment and/or medications. 
  • The financial and legal steps to take now so you are prepared in the event of a medical emergency.
  • How to get through a disaster.
  • How to prepare for medical emergencies that may come up during travel.
  • What to do if you have underage children and cannot care for them because of a medical emergency.

For information about each of these subjects, see the document in "To Learn More."

If it would be helpful, use the Survivorship A to Z prioritizer to list the steps you want to take. You can then number them in order of priority. A push of a button will change the order of the list to your priority. See "To Learn More."

NOTE: While speaking about emergencies, be sure to protect your property and pocketbook in the event of a loss with Homeowners Insurance and Automobile Insurance. Information about what to look for, how to minimize cost, and how to file claims, is contained in the documents in "To Learn More." 

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