I never thought too much about what numbers to have on speed dial (or favorites!) in case of an emergency, or to leave behind with the babysitter. Until about a year ago when we left the kids with my in-laws for a few days. Then I realized there were a few numbers that should be super-handy to dial to access the right health care quickly!!!
Last month I talked a little bit about how to get health care when your child gets sick on vacation. But I was thinking, an important safety step is to input these numbers into your phone beforehand! With these eight numbers to have on speed dial (or your favorites list), you’ll be able to access the Right Care at the Right Place for your family, no matter where you travel, or who is watching your kids!
8 Numbers to Have on Speed Dial
Your ICE people – In Case of Emergency
The ICE program started in 2005 as a result of paramedics realizing the need to know which numbers on your phone were your preferred emergency contacts. Simply rename your emergency contacts with ICE at the front of their name (ICE-dad, ICE-wife, etc). This way, if you’re unconscious, the rescue people can use your phone to contact someone. (This is also why I don’t use the lock feature on my phone!).
Poison Control Number
The American Association of Poison Control Centers is open 24/7. Here’s their number: 1 (800) 222-1222
Primary Care Doctor
For regular preventative and routine care, this is the right care!
When you just need to ask advice. This is perfect for questions you have when traveling, after hours questions, or if you need help finding a doctor or hospital. I’ve called for things like dosages for children’s medications.
Convenience Care Clinic
This is the Right Place for minor medical problems like cuts, strep throat, flue, earaches, and other things that aren’t pressing.
Urgent Care Center
Somewhere between Convenience Care Clinics and the ER. When your Primary Doctor isn’t available, this is the right place. Sprains and strains, minor broken bones (finger), and minor infections can be handled here.
For serious and life-threatening conditions like heavy bleeding, chest pain, and major burns, get the right care here.
How to enter emergency numbers
Enter these important numbers with names easy to recognize by everyone, not abbreviations that will be confusing. Generally the titles I listed here work – I like to add ICE or Doctor in front of mine so they are all in the same area on my phone. In most phones, you can also add more detailed information like addresses and doctor names, and any other numbers associated with the location.
It’s so important for you and people watching your kids know how to get the Right Care at the Right Place. Here’s a handy infographic you can print and include in babysitter information with any notes you might want to add. This way, caregivers will know how to handle a medical situation – and who to call.
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