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Emergency Preparedness Plan: Equipment

This week in our series, we will discuss Emergency Preparedness Plan: Equipment. In last week’s post, we talked about Supplemental Documentation.  

What To Document

There are a few categories of equipment to consider terms of emergency preparedness. There are internal body equipment, external body equipment, and then enabling equipment. You might be curious what the differences between the categories might be, so here is a brief explanation.

External equipment includes items such as limb prostheses, limb guards, crutches, walkers, canes, hearing aides, etc. You will want to identify the type of equipment, model, company, and the contact information for that company. If you have a tag or user manual page you can attach it to your emergency preparedness binder to help you keep all the information in one place.

Internal equipment includes items such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, shunt, hip replacement, or catheters. Consider your unique situation and what you might need to document. Document the same items you would have for the External Equipment.

Enabling equipment could be either internal or external. However, our intent was to use this to remember to keep instructors or important information related to equipment usage with your planning documents. For example, power wheelchairs can be converted to manual. Often caregivers do not know this or recall how to do it. It is a good idea to consider what unique things you need to know about the equipment before you actually need it.

Small Actions Steps

We continue the emergency preparedness plan series on the theme that you can do anything in small steps. Try to take 5 to 10 minutes this week to consider what equipment, either internal or external, that you want to ensure that medical professionals would know about in an emergency.

“This week’s action step: collect some key information about your medical equipment that might be helpful during an emergency.” #EmergencyPreparedness

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Now What?

Equipment could be the difference between life or death for your loved one. One easy way to get started on this task is to take a photo the equipment and any identification information and store the photo in your MindLight App. This will allow you to make the list mobile and visible to share with everyone else that cares for your care recipient.

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Keep important information at the ready and accessible to everyone with the MindLight Virtual Filing Cabinet. MindLight will also notify you and relevant team members when someone adds or updates information, ensuring that no one’s left out of the loop.
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Coming Up…

The intent of this series is to educate and connect you with the resources and tools needed to help you feel confident in an emergency situation. Coming up next we will talk about infection control in an emergency situation.

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All emergency planning details are adapted from Emergency Preparedness Plan.  MindLight CEO is a contributing author.

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