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What Will the ER Team Want to Know About Your Accident?

If you are conscious when you get to the ER after an accident, the ER team will ask you questions as part of your exam to determine the extent of your injuries. Some of the questions might include:

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  • What happened?
  • Were you in a car accident? Were wearing a seatbelt? How fast was the car traveling?
  • Where do you have pain?
  • Did you hit your head?
  • Did you lose consciousness?
  • Any dizziness, nausea or vision problems?
  • Do you feel any pain when I touch here?
  • Are you on any medications?
  • Are you taking any aspirin products?
  • Have you been drinking or have you taken any drugs?
  • Any chance you are pregnant?
  • Have you had any recent surgery or other injuries?

ER Checklist: What to Bring

  • Insurance card and photo ID
  • List of current medications and dosages
  • List of allergies
  • Test results or information related to recent diagnosis or chronic condition
  • Phone number and correct spelling of your primary physician’s name
  • Phone number for your emergency contact
  • List of questions and pen/paper to write answers
  • Glasses and hearing aids
  • Healthcare paperwork (advance directive, healthcare proxy, DNR)
  • Cell phone and charger
  • Someone to help translate if you’re not fluent in English
  • Another adult to help or keep you company
  • For suspected poisoning: Bring the medication, household cleaner or other substance with you, including the container
  • For kids, you might also want to bring a comfort item, like a stuffed animal, and something to do (e.g., toy or coloring book)

Do not delay seeking medical attention to find these items.

Spread the Word: Daily Accident Dangers

What habits or activities are more likely to send you to the ER in a typical day? Surprise your Facebook or Twitter friends with these:

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