Sick and Traveling

by Jessica on March 15, 2011

Most of the time, illness or injury can be written off as a minor inconvenience at home ,but can spell major trouble on the road. Not only does it mean time lost from fun sightseeing, but there are unique challenges that go hand in hand with finding medical care away from home.

1. Contact your insurance company before you leave home and find out about where you can seek medical care while at your destination. If you are really prepared, (which I always am in my dreams) you should write down the urgent care facilities and hospitals that are covered by insurance and near your hotel. You won’t regret this in the middle of the night.

2. Call your doctor at home for advice. It’s always great to talk to someone you trust when you are worried about your child’s health. Sometimes, your local doctor will be willing to call in a prescription for you while you are on the road and save you the trip to the ER.

3. Choose your care center carefully. Urgent Care centers will often give you quicker, cheaper, and more personalized care than that of a local hospital. Many times Urgent Care facilities are equipped with the same gear as a hospital and you can even find centers that specialize in pediatric care. Whenever possible, I always look for Urgent Care first.

4. If you need to find an emergency room, do a little research. Obviously, if it is truly an emergency, get to the nearest ER without delay. But if you have time, do some calling or talk with hotel staff to find the hospital that will best meet your needs. If you are in a major city, you may find that the smaller hospital in the nearest suburb will have shorter wait times and may offer you more comfort. Large city hospitals often have the most severe emergency cases which means that you may have wait all night to be seen for your ear infection.

5. Create a travel medicine bag. Include all the basic children’s medicines and any special medicines that your children might need. Also, make a list of any prescriptions that you take regularly. If your child has a chronic condition, ask your doctor for a certified letter that explains your child’s needs and care instructions.

6. Don’t be shy about telling medical professionals that you are traveling. Often, doctors and nurses can help travelers by offering medicine and first aid supplies, as well as ensuring that you have medicine that can travel with you.

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texazranches11 March 21, 2011 at 1:36 am

Traveling is really enjoying, seeing different places and meeting new faces is really something not saying that its totally tiring. For some cases traveling is not advisable to those person who has illness, this will later ruin your trip.Tx Land For Sale

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