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A health care service from Westpark Community Hospital THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, APRIL 25, 1985, PAGE THREE O O VoI00 t00or a medic ii Taking a fox' minutes now to prepare for a medical emergeney can help you respond quickly if one should ever occur A medical emergency isn't something we like to think about. But if you prepare now, you can rest easy. All it takes is a bit of planning. First, you need to gather all the medical and emergency informa- tion that's essential. The chart at right will help you. Second, you need to keep a basic first aid kit in your home and car. Finally, you need to know what to expect. Any emergency, serious or minor, can be handled quickly and calmly when you've taken these precautions. The information you'll need If you do nothing else, be sure to keep a list of emergency tele- phone numbers by the phone. Put down the number of any service that could possibly help during an emergency. You're also going to need a record of medical data. Informa- tion on allergies, medications and medical history can help greatly in determining treatment. It allows the doctor to quickly diagnose an injury or illness, and find an effec- tive solution. The one thing many people forget to bring is insurance infor- mation. Westpark will not delay treatment of a serious emergency to obtain this information. At some point, however, you'll have to supply the policy number to assure proper insurance billing. This can be a lot of informa- tion. That's why we've provided the chart at right to help you gather and organize these facts. The chart will make it easier and faster to fill out hospital forms and can speed up treatment of any injury or illness. Once completed, make copies of the chart and keep one by each phone, and in each car. That way, the information will always be available. Important fu'st aid materials Keep a basic first aid kit nearby, so you can provide the temporary assistance needed before and during transport to the hospital. These kits are easy to obtain from a local sporting goods store or drug store. Or if you wish, you can make your own. Be sure to include adhesive strips, gauze bandages, tape, scissors, alcohol, sterile cleaning pads, anti-infectant and elastic wraps. Another necessity is a first aid book. Westpark Community Hospital can supply you one free of charge. The book explains how to handle common house- hold and outdoor emergencies. You can buy similar books at most bookstores. If immediate care is needed, check these books for treatment. And act quickly. A key to a quick reaction is knowing the fastest route to Westpark. Using the map in the chart, plot the most direct path to the hospital and memorize it. What happens in the emergency room? Knowing what to expect once you arrive at the hospital can elimi- nate much of the anxiety involved in an emergency. Here's how it works at Westpark. Upon arrival, a nurse will determine the seriousness of the emergency. Naturally, this also determines the amount of time you must wait. You, or someone with you, will be asked to provide the informa- tion mentioned earlier. It's quick and simple ff you bring your chart. From there, you'll be taken to one of the treatment rooms. Here, you'll meet your doctor. Your full- service hospital The Westpark Emergency room is staffed by experienced, well- trained physicians and RN's. Twenty-four hours a day. We have six fully equipped treatment rooms, including trauma and special procedure rooms. And all the advantages of a full-service hospital are only steps away. This means instant access to intensive care and cardiopulmonary equipment, a full-service laboratory and many other specialized facilities. Your family medical diary Complete this form for all your family members. The information will prove to be of great assistance in the case of a medical emergency. Keep the chart near a phone, where you won't lose it. And always take one with you when you travel. Medical Information: Name Allergies__ Medications_ Blood Type_ Immunization Dates Name Allergies Medications Blood Type Immunization Dates Name. Allergies__ Medications Blood Type. Immunization Dates Name Allergies Medications Blood rlype Immunization Dates Insurance Information (Policy Numbers): 1. 3. 2. 4. Phone Numbers: Hospital 542-7777 Ambulance Family Doctor_ Pediatrician ___ Fire Pharmacy Louisiana Regional Poison Control Center 1-800-535-0525 Police Other 190 u tt WESTPARK HOSPITAL I 1-12 Westpark's service area includes Hammond and surrounding communities. For more information, call 542-7777 Get to know us before you need us. Our Emergency Department staff is ready and willing to talk to community groups about how and when to use an emergency room. In addition, our CPR instruc- tor will be glad to share infor- mation on basic first aid and infant care. The instructor will even meet with your group at a location of your choice. Just give us a call. If you'd just like to be prepared so you can react quickly in an emergency, feel free to come in to Westpark's Emergency Depart- ment. We'll be glad to show you where to come and tell you more about the Emergency Department. Having a family doctor is another way you can prepare for an emergency and any other med- ical needs. If you don't have one, our physician referral service can provide you with a list of qualified physicians. Just call 542-7777. Our "Outdoor First Aid Guide" tells you how to treat medical problems from a black eye to burns and scrapes. If you "d like one, let us know--we 'll be glad to send it to you. For a reprint of this ad, contact Westpark Community Hospital. Community Hospital 1900 Highway 51 Bypass, Hammond, Louisiana 70401 A health care center of ,,,AII[[UL American Medical International,