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Healthy Tip Tuesday: National Healthcare Decisions Day

(Dennison, Ohio) – If there was ever a day to evaluate your healthcare decisions and make sure they’re right for you…today is the day, literally!

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, which exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. This is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations. Together these entities work to ensure that the information, opportunity, and access needed to document health care decisions is available to all decision-making capable adult citizens of the United States.

The number one way to recognize this national awareness campaign is to simply plan ahead for health-related emergencies.

In this week’s Healthy Tip Tuesday, Trinity Hospital Twin City is reminding you that they are always available to answer questions, offer guidance when navigating your healthcare options, and to offer a plethora of resources! Also, Trinity officials are offering the following guidelines to consider when planning ahead for your health.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes there are many reasons to prepare your health for an emergency. They start with your family and friends and extend to your neighbors and community at large.

Personal Health Preparedness

A large-scale public health emergency like a hurricane and/or a lengthy power outage can limit your access to supplies and services for several days, weeks, or even months. Still, nearly half do not have an emergency kit for their home. Be prepared with food and safe waterbasic suppliesExternal, and the personal items you need to protect your health in an emergency, according to the CDC.

Personal Needs – Gather enough food, water, and medical supplies to last at least 72 hours.

Prescriptions – Prepare a 7-10 day supply of prescriptions.

Paperwork – Collect and protect important documents and medical records.

Power Sources – Prepare for a power outage with backup power sources and manual equipment.

Practical Skills – Learn life-saving skills such as CPR, to use until help arrives.

Plan Ahead

The CDC adds that more than a collection of names, phone numbers, and street addresses, an Emergency Action Plan is an instruction manual for how to stay healthystay informed, and stay in contact in an emergency. Because an Emergency Action Plan affects everyone in your household, the whole household should be involved in making and practicing the plan.

Stay Healthy – Know how to stay healthy and when and where to find medical assistance.

Stay Informed – Pre-identify official sources of timely and reliable emergency information.

Stay in Contact – Discuss ways to communicate with family, friends, and caregivers.

According to FEMA, over 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :

  • Find phone numbers for your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist, and veterinarian. Other important numbers you should know include:
    • Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
    • Animal Poison Control Helpline: 888-426-4435
    • Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Ask a friend or relative who lives outside of the immediate area—preferably in another state—to be your family’s Out-of-Town Contact.
  • Identify a shelter-in-place location inside your home, two (2) emergency meeting places outside your home where your family can reunite in an emergency, and at least two (2) ways out of every room in your home.
  • Ask your child’s school or daycare about their emergency communication and family reunification plans.
  • Update your Emergency Action Plan whenever your family moves, your child changes schools, you change jobs, have a child, or experience some other significant life event.

Create Community

Social connectedness is an important way to respond to and recover from an emergency, the CDC indicated. People are more empowered to help one another after a disaster when community members have been regularly involved in each other’s lives. Simple things, such as getting to know your neighbors and finding out who might need help in a disaster, learning practical preparedness skills, and assisting others in an emergency, can help create community.

Care for Each Other – Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to find help.

Get Involved – Volunteer in your community to improve everyone’s health and resilience.

Healthy Tip Tuesday is an exclusive partnership between and Trinity Hospital Twin City Designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest and most relevant information you need to keep you and your family healthy. 

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