Bleeding Disorder Emergency Care
For people with a bleeding disorder and their family and loved ones, trips to the emergency room may become necessary. If they do, you want to make the process as smooth as possible. Advance preparation of your family and your ER can make visits easier on everyone. This site is filled with information about ways you can plan ahead and be prepared.
Managing Bleeding Disorders: Planning Ahead For Emergencies
Before an emergency arises, people with a bleeding disorder and their caregivers can:
- Start by learning how to recognize the signs of the type of injury or bleed that might require a trip to the ER.
- Prepare by packing an ER bag with everything you might need.
- Having your ER bag ready to go at all times.
- Keeping an ER Checklist posted in a prominent place for last-minute checks can also help.
The following section on Preparing for the ER can get you started.
Bleeding Disorder Emergencies: Preparing For The ER In Advance
Selecting an ER is another important way to prepare. If you or a loved one has a bleeding disorder, these tips on bleeding disorder emergency care will help you prepare:
- If more than one ER is available, find the one most familiar with the treatment of people with a bleeding disorder.
- Ask your healthcare practitioner which facility is commonly used by people with a bleeding disorder.
- If possible, schedule a pre-emergency appointment with ER physicians and staff to provide them with information about bleeding disorder treatments and share a copy of your Treatment Center Emergency Information Form.
- You can find additional information about bleeding disorder emergency care from the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), and the latest MASAC guidelines. Your treatment center nurse may be able to provide you with additional materials for managing a bleeding disorder or for bleeding disorder emergencies.
With all of this preparation for bleeding disorder emergencies complete, you and your family will be ready if the need for an ER visit does arise. You can double-check the ER checklist before you go, grab your ER bag, and proceed to the ER, which you have trained to meet your unique needs.