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What To Carry In Your Wallet Or Purse All The Time

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Always carry in your wallet or purse:
  • Your health insurance card.
  • A summary of your medical history, including your diagnosis and the drugs you are currently taking. In case it works for you, there are portable devices that can hold your entire history that work as key rings that can be plugged into a computer.
  • A current list of medications. In addition to all the prescribed drugs you take, include over-the-counter drugs, supplements, vitamins and herbs. Include allergies you have to drugs.
  • If you have a defribrillator or heart monitor, information about the device (including manufacturer, model number and contact information).
  • Contact numbers for your doctors.
  • Contact information for people who are to act if you become incapacitated such as the person authorized to act under your Health Care Power Of Attorney.

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