The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a “Keep It With You” personal medical information form for people who need care during disasters and similar situations. The form is not intended to replace hardcopy or electronic medical records, but as an interim communication tool “to assist individuals as they navigate a potentially complex system of temporary support, housing, and clinical services,” CDC notes. The agency suggests clinicians refine the form as necessary, and photocopy the document after an individual receives care to maintain a record of who was seen and what treatment was provided. The original form is intended to remain with the individual during the time they are displaced, and can serve as an interim summary when normal care can be resumed.
[ via AHA News ]