It is vital that you carry a copy of your basic health records with you at all times. You never know when you will have to call 911 while shopping or doing other things. I suggest making a basic table in Microsoft Word (or other program). Include spaces for your medical diagnoses, your prior surgeries, your medications (include dosages and strength), your medication allergies, your emergency contact information, your health insurance carrier, your doctor's name/phone #, and your pharmacy. (Use both sides of the page if need be). Fold up your 'pocket medical record' and keep in in your purse at all times.

A. Maria Hester, M.D.
Gynecology and Geriatrics Editor
Power to the Patient!
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