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Organizing Your Personal Health Records
Keeping track of immunizations, doctor visits, blood tests, medications and supplements can be a daunting task. Having an organized health record is vital when you have children of multiple ages or elderly parents with multiple chronic diseases. Having an outdated personal health record is of no use to you or your doctor, so set aside a few minutes to input new data after each appointment. Ask the office to send results and any notes directly to your e-mail.
To create a personal health record for each family member start with compiling information on the following list, and store them in a separate folder with a clearly written name on the outside.
After compiling the basic list of medical information then start compiling medical history including inheritable illnesses of each extended family member.
Medical information for each family member:
- Name, birth date, and contact information (address, e-mail, and home- and cell-phone numbers)
- Emergency-contact information
- Phone numbers for the primary-care physician, dentist, eye doctor, and any other specialists
- Dates of immunizations
- Blood typing
- Lab results, such as cholesterol and blood-pressure readings, Pap smears, and mammograms
- Results of recent checkups, including height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). Also include children’s growth-chart percentiles.
- List of chronic health conditions (such as asthma, ADHD, and diabetes), including treatments, prescription names, and dosages
- Allergies and sensitivities to medications, foods, and materials
- History of hospitalizations (which the hospital’s medical-records department can provide)
- Insurance information primary-care physician’s phone number and address, and contact information for the health-care provider
- Daily medications (both prescription and OTC) and supplements, including dosages, frequency, and reason for taking
- Family history of physical and mental-health conditions. Include parent and sibling information as well as close relatives with notable, inheritable illnesses (i.e., an aunt who had breast cancer).
- Summaries and links to critical health documents for adults, such as living wills, medical power-of-attorney forms, and organ-donor authorizations
Organizing Your Health
Living our best life is first achieved by living our optimal health. Most chronic conditions are prevented, reversed or managed by knowing your numbers and sticking to a diet, exercise and treatment plan that can provide you with the best health and the best years of your life.
Some of the numbers you should pay close attention to on a regular basis include your:
- Blood Pressure
- Blood Sugar
- Cholesterol Levels
- Hip to Waist Ratio
If you do not know your numbers start by creating a dedicated journal for keeping track of these important health markers. If you have been diagnosed with a chronic condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure, these numbers should be taken on a daily basis optimally or at least weekly basis minimally. Devices for monitoring your diabetes or high blood pressure are affordable and in some instances FREE. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about accessing these monitors.
Know the target numbers for optimal health and strive to stay within these target ranges. Monitor and record your numbers and take them in with you to your next doctor visit. This will assist your doctor in determining the right treatment plan for your condition.
Organizing Your First Aid Kits
As a mother and Pharmacist I know the importance of being prepared for the many cuts and scrapes, belly bug, fevers and flu that always seem to visit when the stores are all closed and the bottles are all empty. Once there are kids in the house a properly stocked and organized first aid kit is a must have.
Having an organized first aid kid will allow us to focus on what is truly needed, butterfly kisses to dry the tears and hugs and reassurance that everything is going to be all right.
If you own a business it is also mandatory to have a fully stock first aid kit in most businesses. Each business is unique and may require personalized kits depending on the services they offer. Restaurants may need to stock burn creams as kitchen staffs are more prone to receiving accidental burns. Boating industries may need more anti-emetics on board.
If you are uncertain of the items you may require please give us a call. We will be happy to assist in providing a personalized kit for your business. Please make sure if you will be updating your kits that the expiry dates on the products are current and that tape and latex gloves are still durable.
Should you wish to create your own first aid kit I have provided a general guideline of the pharmaceutical products and drugs a basic first aid kit should have.
General Small First Aid Supplies
References – Instruments
- 1 – First Aid Hard Container
- 4 – Medium safety pins
- 2 – Exam quality vinyl gloves
- 1 – Scissors
- 9 – Alcohol cleansing Wipes
- 1 – Eyewash
- 1 – Alcolado
- 1 – Smelling salts
- 6 – 2” x 2” Sterile Gauze dressing pads
- 4 – 3” x 3” Sterile Gauze dressing pads
- 2 – 4” x 4” Non-Stick pads
- 1 – 4” x 10 yd. Conforming gauze roll bandages
- 12 – Gravol Antiemetic tablets
- 12 – Histal Antihistamine tablets
- 50 – Aspirin tablets
- 50 – Paracetamol tablets
- 50 – Ibuprofen 200mg
- 1 – Triple antibiotic ointment
- 1 – 50ml hydrogen peroxide
- 1 – Mercurochome antiseptic liquid
- 1 – Burn Jel or Lidocaine Spray
Tapes & Miscellaneous
- 1 – 1” x 180” First Aid brand adhesive tape
- 20 – Single fabric plasters
- 100 – Cotton swabs
- 30- Cotton puffs
First Aid Manual (Complimentary)