How to Prepare

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Preparing for an Emergency Department Visit

If it is possible, go to the emergency department of the hospital that your doctor is affiliated with. This will allow the ED staff to get access to your medical records, which can be very helpful.

You can make the process go more smoothly if you come prepared. When you are in crisis, you may not be able to think clearly, so it’s a good idea to have this information ready in an envelope or folder you can just grab on your way out the door.

Bring with you:

  • Your insurance card;
  • The name and contact information for your regular physician;
  • Your pain diagnosis, if you have one, and any other conditions you have been diagnosed with, such as diabetes or a heart condition;
  • A list of your current medications, who prescribed each, your current dosage, and how often you take them. Be sure to include:
    • Prescription medications
    • Over the counter medications
    • Vitamins
    • Herbal supplements
  • A list of any devices or other types of intervention you now use, such as a pump, nerve block, or stimulator;
  • A list of any medications that you don’t tolerate well or have had a bad reaction to in the past;
  • A list of your allergies.