Coping With Medical Emergencies on Vacation

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Coping With Medical Emergencies on Vacation

Preparing for a travel crisis

By Diane Barnet, RN

About to set off on a month-long family road trip, I suddenly realized I did not have a copy of my current vision prescription. My glasses were expensive, and if they wound up broken or misplaced my only extra pair were tinted to used as sunglasses. A quick trip to my optician solved the problem, but left me wondering what other — and far more serious — medical emergencies could be avoided with a little pre-travel planning. Just because we are nurses, that doesn’t mean we are not as vulnerable to emergencies as anyone else. Like most people, I prefer to avoid thinking about potential problems. But an ounce of prevention can prevent a truckload of disaster. After all, anything can happen on the road or in the air, from a sprained ankle to a heart attack. In a crisis, who wants to be frantically searching for phone numbers or copies of prescriptions? Carrying a first aid kit is fine, but there are other steps you can take to protect yourself.

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