Imagine for a moment what will happen if you are badly injured in a car accident and need to be rush to the hospital. Will the people assisting at the scene of the accident be able to find something in your purse or you wallet that tells them who you are and who to contact in case of an emergency? Will someone be able to tell hospital staff about any medical conditions and allergies that you have. Will someone be able to assist doctors in making important decisions about your treatment, if doctors cannot ask you?
The questions are not ones that most people want to spend a lot of time dwelling on. However, they are important to consider and it does not take long to make sure that the answers to all of them are “yes.” First, visit an attorney and get a Health Care Power of Attorney. This is a simple document that gives someone else the authority to make your health care decisions when you are incapacitated. Next, write that person’s name and contact information down along with “In case of emergency, contact.” Place that piece of paper in your purse or wallet. Finally, make sure that the person you have designated knows that you have done so and tell him or her about any important conditions or allergies you have that might affect any medical treatment you receive.