4 years ago1,000+ Views
Why would you need a general medical history? In case of emergency or natural disaster, where you would be in a situation without your regular doctor, unable to communicate, or unable to access your hospital records, keeping a personal medical history on file would be useful to for letting the medical staff know of your conditions, current medications, and other pertinent information. What information do I need to include? 1. current legal name and any other names you may have used in the past 2. birthday 3. blood type 4. height and weight 5. amount you exercise per week 6. list of vitamins/supplements you take, including dose 7. people to contact in case of an emergency, including home, work, and mobile phone numbers; home and work addresses; and e-mail addresses 8. allergies (including foods, animals, and medicines) 9. glasses or contacts wearer, if applicable 10. health insurance information, including name and social security number of primary person insured if it isn't you 11. current list of immunizations and dates given 12. routine test results (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar) 13. family doctor's name, address and phone number 14. hereditary conditions in your family history 15. list and dates of significant illnesses and treatments besides breast cancer (include childhood diseases such as chicken pox, mumps, etc.) 16. current medicines taken and dose 17. eye and dental exam records 18. living will, advance directives or medical power of attorney, if applicable 19. organ donor authorization, if applicable
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This is so important. You never know when you'll need records, and hospitals can take a lot of time to send your official records.