Business Travel: In Case of Emergencies
Anything can happen while you are on the road, away from home and away from the people who know you and care about you most. It is one of the hazards a business traveler has to face whenever he or she goes on his or her trips. An accident can happen, you may have unwittingly eaten something that is not good for you, or you may have forgotten whatever medication you were supposed to take because there is no one to cajole you into taking them. Anything can happen while you are on the road.
But more than knocking on wood and hoping that nothing untoward does occur to you while you are away, the best thing to be is to be prepared for what might happen. One of the things you could do in anticipation of whatever medical emergency you might encounter is to keep your personal medical information handy with you.
According to this article, there are now new products and services which offer new ways of organizing your medical information. These ways are:
E-HealthKEY from MedicAlert Foundation International. The E-HealthKEY is a product of MedicAlert. It is a portable USB device attached to a key ring, which stores your personal medical information. The device also serves as a key to the personal medical information stored in the databases of the MedicAlert headquarters, which can be accessed through any computer with an internet connection. If the computer is not connected online, the device has an emergency section with stored information.
Medic Tag USB Device. Like the E-HealthKEY, the Medic Tag is also a USB device that stores personal medical information. However, the Medic Tag does not need the internet for the information to be accessed.
Personal medical jewelry. MedicAlert also makes available medical jewelry on which basic information is engraved. Paramedics working with you on a medical emergency can easily glean from the jewelry if you are allergic to certain medicine or are afflicted by certain conditions.
Wallet cards. As stated, these are cards that can be placed in your wallet or purse. In it must be written data such as name, birthdate, drug or food allergies, prescription medications, medical conditions and emergency contacts. It also must be written legibly or printed clearly.
Putting your cellphone on ICE. Putting ICE – which stands for “In Case of Emergency” – next to a number tells a medical or a law enforcement officer that it is the number they should call if something happens to you. A sticker on your phone also lets them know that you have an emergency contact number inside.
Anything can happen while you are on the road. It is better to be prepared than to be sorry.
About the Author: Anna Lynn C. Sibal has worked with traveling business executives for the past seven years, providing them with close personal and administrative assistance. Along with her innate interest in travel, this experience has given her many insights on how traveling executives think and what they need.
Anne is a journalism graduate from the University of the Philippines, the leading state university of that country, as well as one of the premier academic institutions in Southeast Asia. Aside from travel, Anne also displays a keen interst in literature, the cinema and the Internet. She has written and contributed actively to various student publications and has managed an in-house publication for a real estate association in the Philippines. She has also won an award for her screenplay from the Film Development Foundation of the Philippines in 2001.
Check her blog at http://biz-trips.info/