How to Organize a Medical Binder

 

 

Organize family history of medical

What if a tragic event happened and you needed to know what someone you love’s medical history was? I know I have a difficult time remembering my own surgeries and medicines  when I’m completing new paperwork for a doctor. Couple that with the adrenalin that comes with tragic events and I’m not sure how well I could remember everything. Having a medical binder with all this pertinent information will make it easier to relay this information to the medical team.

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What is a medical binder? It is one place to put everything related to your health. There should be information for yourself, spouse, and kids. It is also important to know this information about your parents as they age as well.

Supplies needed:
3 Ring Binder
Paper and pen
Excel spreadsheet or printable medical forms
Divider tabs

This is a medical records organizer that is just binder tabs. The dividers state what to include but there are no forms to write on and the binder is not included. It is a good option if you prefer to start with something instead of doing everything from scratch. As with anything, make adjustments to fit your needs.

Items to cover:
Medicines
Allergies
Diagnosis of illness
Immunizations
Medical history of you
Medical history of your siblings, parents, & grandparents
Surgeries
Tests
Contact info

Medicine
Document any allergic reactions to medicines
List of current medications –
-doctor that prescribed it
-reason
-name of medicine (both generic if applicable and the “name brand”)
-dose
-number of times a day you’re taking and when during the day

Keep a section of medicines that you’ve tried for certain diagnosis and if it helped, dates, etc. This can help the doctor determine what medicine to prescribe and perhaps skip that one if it didn’t work in the past.

Allergies
Include any allergic reactions to medicine in this section too
Food allergies
Other allergies – some are allergic to certain pollens, grass, bugs (my daughter is allergic to roaches!!), bees, etc.

Diagnosis of illness
-date of the diagnosis
-specific type of illness
-primary doctor treating it
-anything else pertinent

Example:
1/22/2000     Lung cancer    Adenocarcinomas    Dr. ABC
Surgery date xx    PET Scan date xx    Stage 3, etc.

Immunizations
It’s not just for kids. Adults have immunizations too such as flu shot, tetanus, etc.

If someone were to step on something that had quite a bit of germs and cut their foot, it would be important to know when their last tetanus shot was.

Medical History of you
This is all the data needed to complete the “Have you ever had…..?” section of paperwork

AIDS/HIV positive
Alzheimer’s disease
Anemia
Asthma
Arthritis
Cancer
Chemotherapy
Chest pain or pressure
Depression
Diabetics
Dizziness or fainting spells
Gout
Heart attack
Heart murmur
Heart pacemaker
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
Heart trouble
Hemophilia
Irregular heart beat
Kidney issues
Leukemia
Lung disease
Liver problems
Other implants – such as knee or hip replacement, mediport, etc.
Radiation treatments
Renal dialysis
Seizures
Severe or frequent headaches
Shortness of breath
Stroke
Thyroid issues
Ulcer
Other

This is not a comprehensive list, but is generally what is asked. Tailor your binder to reflect things in your medical history.

Medical History of your siblings, parents, & grandparents
Repeat the list above under medical history for your siblings, parents, & grandparents
If the answer is yes to any of the items, list if it is your siblings, parents, or grandparents. They also ask if it is on your mom or dad’s side, so go ahead and note that too.

Surgeries
-type of surgeries
-date
-physician
-hospital
-other notes

Tests
Lab results – for any items being closely monitored by the physician – Example: high blood pressure -having list of what it was when taken will be pertinent information
EKG
EEG
MRI
PET scan
Xrays
Other

Contact info
Pharmacy name, location, and phone number
Hospital preferred including address and phone number
Primary care physician name, address, and phone number
Emergency contacts – name at least two people with their phone number, address, and relationship to you
Any other important information

This information should be completed for each member of your family. Even if you know this information, perhaps you will not be available when an emergency occurs. You can let someone know where the binder is.  Put this medical information in the binder with the divider tabs separating each person.

I recently have had to start assisting my mom with her medical care. My mom was always designated as the caretaker when we were young, but now the roles are reversed and my dad is having to do this. While he is certainly capable of doing it by himself right now, it’s new territory and I know he appreciates having an extra ear and hand. At the beginning, it took some time to gather all this data, as I was not aware of all the details. Having this all together in a binder will help everyone involved in the care of a loved one.

In addition to the medical binder, there are medical alert bracelets and necklaces that allow others to know very important information quickly.

Whether young or old, things happen. Let’s be prepared so that we or our loved ones will have the medical history to be treated quickly when necessary. The medical binder does not need to be fancy. There are printable forms, they can be done in excel and printed, or just hand written. The most important thing is getting the information down on paper. This reduces the stress of trying to remember everything. There is not a one size fits all for what to put in the medical binder. Modify it to your needs and keep it current.

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Organize family history of medical

 

 

 

 

Would you be able to remember medical information for yourself or a loved one during an emergency? Learn how to prepare and organize a medical binder for your kids, spouse, parents, and yourself. Track pertinent information and keep all together to have when needed.