Her Medical Emergency Abroad
Planning for the unpredictable...
Consult your own
doctor before you go...
to departure, your physician should be told that you
are going on vacation and arrangements should be made
for medical information to be relayed over the phone
if necessary. In my friends case, his doctors
office refused to accept a collect call when I called
from France for help. Then when I got through by using
a calling card, the office staff declined to provide
any useful medical information to someone they didnt
know. A quick pre-trip call by my friend to his doctor
could have prevented my very frustrating long distance
insurance is a must...
Purchase a travel
health and trip cancellation insurance policy. Not only
is this an economically prudent thing to do in case your
trip is cut short, but all good insurance companies offer
access to a 24-hour toll-free number where you can speak
to a doctor or receive help arranging medical care or
emergency travel plans. Thankfully, through our policy,
much needed excellent information that was unavailable
through other channels, was provided at a critical time.
I dont know what we would have done without it!
else is it called...
because the trade names of prescription drugs vary from
country to country, take along the pharmacological name
of any prescribed drugs being taken as well as the prescribed
doses. Make note, also, of any allergies to other medications.
what the medical condition is called in the language of
the country you are visiting. This will free you from
having to engage in an impromptu session of charades in
order to communicate to foreign medical personnel.
|Good medical stuff to
Consider joining the International Association of Medical
Assistance to Travellers (IAMAT). This organization
provides information on immunization, as well as listings
of English-speaking physicians around the world. For further
information call: 416.652.0137 in Canada or 716.754.4883
in the United States. On the Pacific Rim, write to: P.P.
Box 5049, Christchurch 5, New Zealand. European travellers
can write to: 57 Voirets, 1212 Grand Lancy, Geneva.
Healthy: Health Advice for the Global Traveler
is a bimonthly newsletter offering health advice for the
global traveller. Journeywoman has found many of their
articles very helpful. For further info contact the publishers
at: P.O. Box 13795, Milwaukee, WI 53213-0795, U.S.A.
his travel guide, Staying Healthy in Asia, Africa,
and Latin America, author Dirk Schroeder offers a
comprehensive overview of the most common health problems
travellers encounter, along with tips on how to avoid
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health service on the internet. Travellers
can now store their medical records in a secure on-line
database at GlobalRXData.net.
Should you find yourself in a medical emergency, this
data can be viewed immediately by health-care professionals
administering treatment anywhere in the world. This service
can be a life-saver for people who become ill or injured
while away from home.
Bonus: This site allows you to enter your pet's
health records online, too. Helpful if you travel
with Fido or will be using a new veterinarian.
doctors for women travellers...
Tracey and Patricia Wilen suggest that if you become
ill while overseas, ask your hotel to recommend a doctor
who speaks English. If you are alone with a male doctor,
insist that a female nurse be present during any check-up.
Maggie and Gemma Moss suggest it may well be possible
to be seen by a woman doctor -- you certainly shouldnt
assume that there wont be any -- particularly in
Moslem countries ... If you cant find a woman doctor
and need a gynaecological examination, take a friend along
as a chaperone, or insist on a nurse being present.
(Source: Asia for Women on Business, Handbook for Women
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