Prepare in Advance for a Hospital Visit
At some point or another, people with Parkinson’s may end up needing to go to a hospital.
Save time and worry by preparing an emergency hospital bag in advance.
Prepare in Advance
At some point or another, people with Parkinson’s may end up needing to go to a hospital. Save time and worry by preparing an emergency hospital bag in advance.
What to Bring:
- A current list of all of your medications for Parkinson’s and other conditions and your schedule (dosage and timing) for taking them.
- Actual medications in their original containers and instructions about how you take them — for example, with water, with or without food, a list of phone numbers for your doctors, family members and friends.
- A list of your particular PD symptoms and any activities with which you need help (for example, dressing or turning over in bed).
- If you are participating in a clinical trial, bring information describing it.
- A list of your allergies.
- A letter from your doctor saying that you can take your own PD medications if hospitalized.
- A letter from your doctor listing the medications that should NOT be taken by a person with PD.
- Copies of legal documents, including your health care proxy and living will.
- If you’ve had DBS, information about your device (call Medtronic Patient Services at 800-510-6735).
ARE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR NEXT HOSPITAL STAY?
Did you know three out of four people with PD in the hospital don’t receive their medications on time and have a 1 in 4 chance of complications because of medication errors? We recommend every person with Parkinson’s have an AWARE IN CARE KIT. The kit is designed to help you:
- Understand the risks associated with hospital stays.
- Have the tools to play an active role in your care.
- Be prepared for a hospital visit, whether planned or unplanned.
- Have a plan to get the best possible care in the hospital