Can I Convince you to keep this Note in your Wallet? - Godyears

Can I Convince you to keep this Note in your Wallet?

September 19, 2016

Can I interest you in keeping an extra note in your wallet?
It is slightly bigger in dimensions than your average 1000 rupee note but I promise you, it can be a lot more valuable. No, it does not have the face of a Gandhi or a Washington upon it, I fear, though you are free to add your best drawing to it.

Would you like to see my note? Yes? First hear me out.

As per the most recent available statistics, 1 life is lost every 4 minutes in India due to road traffic accidents alone. Over half a million documented road traffic accidents took place last year.
These numbers do not include events like strokes, seizures, hypoglycemic episodes, allergic reactions, poisoning etc any of which could also render you unconscious. These scenarios can be scary even in a familiar environment. But away from the safety of your home or work place, you are left at the mercy of the rare species that is the good Samaritan to help get you to a hospital.



The problem for an emergency medicine doctor or a casualty medical officer is that he is given an unknown person with no clear history at all of the patient. The kind strangers who delivered you to the hospital too don't know your medical history. As doctors, we can save you during the golden hour if we know not just your immediate history but also your past medical history which includes
1) Your illnesses
2) Medication you are on currently
3) Allergies you may have.

This can be crucial because in addition to narrowing down the cause behind your ailment, it helps determine what drugs to use and what to avoid. And the honest-to-God truth is that we have lost lives because of lack of information. We have lost lives we could have saved had we known...


So do us a favour - print out the note below (OR just take a regular paper next to you right now), fill in those details and put it in your wallet.

DIY_Health_Note_For_Wallet
I've made it in dimensions a tad larger than a Rs 1000/- note
so it should fit easily with a single fold


Nobody goes out of the house expecting to be rendered unconscious. But if such a situation occurs, you can help yourself by having your emergency contacts, ailments and medication history ready in your wallet should someone check when they try to identify you.

This happened last week. It just reminded me
of the need to publish this blogpost ASAP


Help yourself.
Help us help you.

Authors note:

A few more random thoughts:

  •  Consider doing it for the elders in your family. It helps not just in case of an accident but also if they have to come to the hospital for something and cannot remember their medical history.
  • Have you added an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number in your mobile? It helps if someone finds you unconscious and does not know the nicknames you have for your spouse or parents. Just re-add the contacts of the people you would want called in an emergency and add the word ICE beside their name. For example, my phone would show ICE Deepika Padukone & ICE Priyanka Chopra. (Now, if they would only give me their number to fill in the rest of that contact entry!)       
  • For those of you who want to make better templates for your 'health note', here is the required data which you can 'copy and paste' instead of typing it down from the beginning.


My Health Information

Name:
Age:
Address:


In case of an emergency
Person to contact (Name/number/relation):
1)  


2)


My Ailments:




Current medication (Dosage):





I am allergic to:

THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME



One thing you learn as a doctor, in the end, it is the simplest things (like this DIY note) that can make the biggest difference. Anyway, be safe. Have a nice week.


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47 comments

  1. True.

    I think if our id's which we carry if had an option to have health ailment then it be nice.

    Even driving licence should have it.

    This may increase size but still.

    Nice ICE number why only Deepak or priyanka what about rest Bollywood actresses

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    1. I'm still holding out for these two.. If not, I will have to make do with Katrina, I guess :)

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    2. May be rest have your number in their ICE

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    3. Oh damn!! All this time I've been ignoring these calls thinking it was Idea network. What if it was Sunny Leone and she needed me??? NAHIIIIII

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  2. What a lovely idea! Trust you to think of this, Roshan! Sharing with friends and family.

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    1. Thanks. And yes, get your loved ones to do the same

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  3. What a sensible idea and it can be so crucial during an emergency. The thing is none of us ever want to believe that an accident can happen to us because accidents happen only to other people. I'll do this for sure. Now I'll go try and see what I can do to get you your ICE numbers.

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    1. Ooh! You have access to Priyanka and Deepika?? You are my new best friend.

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  4. This is a fantastic idea and I will be doing it today! :)

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    1. Please do :) and thanks for stopping by

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  5. This is actually practical. Some people save these on their phone - but if one can't unlock the phone when you are unconscious or something like that.

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    1. Saving on the phone is a bit dicey. I wouldn't know where to look even if I had an unlocked phone

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  6. I used to do this, Roshan, but fell out of a good habit, I guess. Thanks for a great reminder!

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    1. Please do it. It's a simple 2 minute job at best

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  7. This is good.. and really helpful... especially for people with drug allergies... I'm on it.. and will make sure the rest of my family is also doing this.. Thanks Dr

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    1. Thanks Meety. Definitely get everyone to do it. It's simple and yet I can assure you, it's something that would make a world of difference to us in the casualty when we are trying to save a life.
      Make similar ones for the elders at home too.

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  8. Wohhoo!!! That is such a brilliant idea Roshan. I wonder, why hasn't it clicked anyone before? And it sure reduces the hassle that comes with the accident. I'm truly impressed!

    Cheers
    Geets

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    1. Thanks :) Now go do it for yourself too!

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  9. Very good idea.... will make sure my family carries it.

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  10. Very good idea.... will make sure my family carries it.

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  11. Its indeed a very good idea doc!

    Shini

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  13. This is a great idea. Will add the note.

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  14. Great idea Doc and I shall be sharing this far n wide

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  15. Brilliant Note, Roshan. Sharing with my family and friends. And I think this is most useful for my Amma !!!

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    1. Definitely :) Make sure you do it for all the elders in your family.

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  16. You always come up with great useful posts... I will go home today and make sure all the emergency contact numbers are easily available.
    Deepika Padukone huh.... Hahahaha ;)

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    1. Hmmph. If I didn't know any better, I would say that you think Deepika ain't gonna pick up my call!!

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  17. So very important. And such a simple things to follow. Implementing &sharing! Thanks, doc!

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  18. This is one thing that each one of use must do! Thanks for sharing Doc!

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  19. This is a really thoughtful, yes I will do it for me and my family members too ... Thanks,

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  20. This is so very useful, Roshan. Thank you so much for writing this post. I will try to do it right away.

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  21. Such as sensible idea thanks for sharing this

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  22. Sensible advice, doc. I hope Deepika & PC give you their numbers soon! ;-)

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