In case of emergency: How a PHI kit could save your life
11/5/2015 3:09 PM
The best way to inform emergency response teams of your health needs is to have a completed Personal Health Information kit (PHI) in your home. The kit provides a health record that you place on your refrigerator. The record includes health history, allergies and medications you are taking. An accompanying PHI sticker is placed on the front window of the residence, which local first responders are trained to look for upon arrival.
In 2014, CTMC partnered with the San Marcos Fire Department and San Marcos Hays County EMS to provide these kits to our community. Ken Mercado, a field medic with San Marcos Hays County EMS, said the PHI kits have been useful in emergency situations. “We were called to help a lady who had fallen and couldn’t answer questions,” Mercado said. “One of the firefighters noticed there was a PHI pouch on the fridge. It gave us insight that she was taking blood thinners, which is important information to know for a transport decision.”
“The PHI provides an easy framework and they can just fill in the blanks and it’s right there,” he said. “I like it for the immediacy and the fact that it’s well organized, and it really saves us a lot of time.”
San Marcos resident Judy DeForest said she feels safer knowing the PHI pouch is in her home.
“I am thrilled that I have it because it has great medical information in there, and it’s right there for (EMS) should something happen,” she said.
For more information about obtaining a PHI kit, call CTMC Community Relations Coordinator Lisa Adams at (512) 753-3608 or email email@example.com.