"It's time to plan now and that means having your medications. At least a week, preferably two or more; talk to your pharmacist, talk to your physician, get the extra medications that you need," recommends Joseph Scott, Chief of Emergency Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital. He also says it is not only medications what you have to get. "If you have oxygen at home, then you need to talk to your oxygen supplier to get extra tanks," he points out.
Joseph Scott, Chief of Emergency Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, explains triage is looking at who is the sickest patient to treat them first, because they have in the ER a minimum number of resources to use. "Triage is not always fun, because if you're the patient, you're the sickest one; that's what most people consider. The reality of the situation is we have very good healthcare providers who are experienced at this and can quickly look at somebody. They decide to put them as a red need to see them right away," he says.
More than one million people in Florida are affected by asthma. Joseph Scott, Chief of Emergency Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, says if you are an asthmatic, you probably know what your triggers are. "The weather is changing, there is dirt out there, leaves, dust, people with chainsaws, burning issues, so asthma is a huge problem and people with lung problems tend to have issues during storms," he points out. It is important that you have enough medication to treat your respiratory condition during hurricane season to prevent serious situations.
It is important to prepare for a storm. There is a list of things to do: contact lists, medication lists, equipment specifics, health information card (update every 6 months). "You want to have a list of who are the people that are going to know where you are, you need to have a list of your medications and share it with your family outside the area," recommends Joseph Scott, Chief of Emergency Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital.
It is important to make a checklist with the medications you need. Joseph Scott, Chief of Emergency Medicine at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, thinks it has to be reinforced before a hurricane season. "If you have a chronic disease you should have a supply of medications if a storm is coming, and that's the one advantage we have. It's not like the old days when we were surprised by them," he says. It is important to have a week or two weeksâ€™ worth of medications, so you don't have to go to the emergency department afterwards.