WHAT YOUR CHILD NEEDS WHEN COMING AND GOING IN MEDICAL TRANSPORT
It does happen from time to time. Every so often a sick child is in need of medical transport services. Now if you are a parent who is used to this sort of thing, you know exactly what you need to do. Why? This situation has happened before, so you get used ot it.
But what happens when this is your first time? Not every parent considers this a “normal thing”. It all depends on how sick the child is. It also depends on the various needs of the child.
If this is your first time with medical transportation, than please read the list below. This is a list of things you need to take with. This will help things go more smoothly for you and your child.
1)The name and information of your child’s doctor. This is extremely important. If your child is being taken to the an emergency room, than his/her doctor needs to be informed. This is essential, even if he or she is off-duty. The doctor needs to be kept informed at all times. This way he/she can give vital information to the emergency room staff and other personnel.
2)Each and every medical personnel must know the food and drug allergies. What if your child ingests something he shouldn’t? What if your child is fed a drug that she shouldn’t be taking. This can also cause some serious issues down the road. Please include every drug and food that has a possible side effects.
This is also important when the child is lying in the hospital bed. The nurse shouldn’t be giving out a drug that is going to be causing problems. The food and nutrition department shouldn’t be feeding your child something poisonous in the diet. Even if it’s something rather small and trivial, you need to include. Food allergies such as peanuts should not be ignored. I have seen what happens when a child eats one, even if it’s small. The reaction is not pretty.
3)You need to have a list of all medical conditions your child is facing. It can’t just be about what brought your child into the emergency room. If there are any medications your child is currently taking, all medical personnel needs to know. Some medications do not mix. That is exactly why the staff should know.
4)Health insurance. I hate to say this, but this is going to be one of the top questions asked. Make sure your insurance will cover each visit your child undergoes. Some insurance companies cut off the person after a certain number.
If you are not going to be covered, than you might have to pay for it all yourself. Please make sure that you don’t end up in this situation.
5)What happens if the child is not with the actual parents? What if the child is with a close relative or friend? The parents need to know. Which is why all parental contact information must be included and given to the medical transport team. They can get in touch with the parents, so they can meet their child at the hospital.
All of this is to ensure that each child gets the best coverage possible. Each child deserves quality health coverage and care. If all information is present and available, than no child will slip through the cracks.