Shields Health Care Group Blog
I too know the importance of quick and complete access to a family member's medical information as described in a recent blog by Dr. Tiron Pechet. Although my sisters and I carry an abbreviated list of our parents medications on a laminated card in our wallets it is not always accurate in emergencies. First, it's static and must be manually updated following any and all prescription changes. This means it is only as reliable as we are diligent in updating. We are well intentioned but we aren't perfect so neither is the medication list in our wallet. With a parent wearing a scan band, the medical version of the 'live strong bracelet,' we know and are reassured recent surgeries, medical images and physical therapy plans are easliy accesible and current. We also know our parents can avoid the lengthy and time consuming intake process common to a hospital admission or doctor's visit can be avoided because vital information is at the fingertips of the medical evaluation team. In the best of cases it is similar to a life insurance plan because we know no matter where our parents travel a treating physician can access a more complete medical history and formulate a comprehensive care plan for the best possible outcome.