Why is it Important to Update the Emergency Information Every Year?
This is a common question we hear in the nurse's office! "Why do I have to hand in a new Emergency Information form every year??" Here is the short and simple answer. This form provides us with several very important things that allow us to provide appropriate care for your child.
- An updated, signed, and dated form gives the nurses permission to examine and treat your child when they come in to our office with complaints of illness or injury.
- An updated form gives us specific parental desires and requests. An example might be a parent requesting that their child receive no Tylenol or that the nurse call the parent before giving Tylenol. Please be specific if you have preferences! We make every effort to comply with your wishes. Wondering how to state your request so we'll understand? Call us @ 610-853-5900x5102.
- Updated medical concerns. If your child was diagnosed with something new or had surgery over the summer include this information on the form. An example might be a child who suffered a concussion - this is something that would be important for us to know.
- Updated phone numbers are so important to us. We need to be able to reach you in the event of sickness or injury. Only parents or guardians will be called (except in emergencies) unless you specify something different in writing e.g. "call grandmother if mother cannot be reached".
As you can see, our desire for an updated Emergency Information form is important for the safety and well being of your child. Thank you for taking the time to peruse the information and change, add or delete anything that you feel is necessary. Also, don't forget to sign and date the form before your child brings it in to our office.