Emergency 101: Preparedness Information for Patients

Preparedness is your first line of defense to minimize potential problems and avoid emergencies. Use these tips to guide you.

Health & Safefy Tips

Keep this important information in mind to stay a step ahead of an emergency.

Infusion Tips

  • Take your temperature if you think you have a fever since it could be a symptom of infection.

  • If you are taking medication through an infusion pump, keep your back-up pump and all supplies in your medicine kit.

  • If you have a central IV line (catheter), keep all of your site cleaning and dressing supplies with you. This includes gloves, a mask, alcohol pads, dressings and tape.

  • A small portable cooler box or bag and some large ice packs will keep epoprostenol (Flolan®) cool for several hours. Make sure there is room in the cooler for several ice packs and your medicine.

Readiness Checklist

If you can check off each of these items, you’re well on your way to being emergency ready!

  • I wear a medic alert identifier to convey critical health information.

  • I have my pump or inhalation device, as well as batteries and appropriate power sources.

  • I keep my specialty pharmacy’s 24/7 emergency number with me so emergency personnel can call if needed.

  • I always carry a cell phone and/or let people know where I am going if I am traveling alone.

  • I have signed up for a roadside assistance program.

  • I maintain a current list of all my medications.

  • I let my PH center know if I have a planned vacation so they can identify the best hospital for me to go to in case of an emergency.

  • I have a three to seven day supply of all my medications and supplies, depending on how soon I can refill my prescriptions based the rules of my insurance plan.

  • I keep a current list of emergency contact information including a health care provider and personal caregiver.

  • I have discussed an emergency plan with my PH provider.

Additional Information

Use the Emergency Checklist in PHA’s Empowered Patient Online Toolkit to prepare for an emergency:

For additional tips, visit www.PHAssociation.org/Patients/EmergencySituations