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Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 11:08am
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Absolutely, yes. Always have, always will. She has the red emergency kit from FAAN. It has four things: epi, zyrtec, insurance card (I have one in all 4 of her epipen kits at school) and a piece of paper with the order to do things. It says:
1. Epipen
2. Call 911
3. Zyrtec 1 chewable tablet by mouth if conscious
4. Call mom (with my name and phone number, I am a single mom, so there is no one else to call)
I was hospitalized a few weeks ago, had to call 911, brought in by ambulance, and they sent me straight to the registration desk for my insurance info. Absolutely have it with the epipen. I had a surgical emergency and yet they wanted my insurance info before treating me. Also, I have worked in ERs, and if your child is conscious and looking pretty good after epi they will keep him for observation if insured, but if uninsured they will most likely send him out. This would not be true if he were unconscious or struggling to breathe, etc. But if he looks pretty good which if the epi works he may look pretty good, they will send him out if uninsured. Don`t know what they would do if insurance status is unknown. It seems kind of chancey when it is so easy to just put the insurance card in the epipen kit. They do not have to see someone uninsured if it is not an emergency, and if your child looks good who knows if they will consider it an emergency.

Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 11:52am
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Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 11:59am
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Here you will never even get to the doctor if uninsured and you are stable when you arrive. It is true that the doctors don`t care if you are insured and don`t even know. But you will not even be able to check in if uninsured and if you are stable.
I had a friend who had an appendicitis. She had just started a new job and insurance had not started yet. When she got to the ER she was stable, so since she was uninsured, they sent her to the County Hospital. There she sat for six hours while her appendix perforated.
Maybe it depends on where you live, but here you will never even be allowed to check in if uninsured and clinically stable.

Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 12:29pm
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At my kids' schools, we have to fill out emergency info and that includes our policy numbers for the medical and dental insurance, along with the doc's name, address and telephone #.

Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 12:37pm
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Ours also, but the ER won`t check you in without an insurance card if you are stable. The ER isn`t going to accept the school`s form. They need the card itself. That is why I have it in dd`s epipen kits. When I arrived last month in an ambulance they would not have seen me if I did not have my insurance card. Also, I like having it in dd`s kit, because in the heat of the moment who knows if the school will send the emergency card in the ambulance when the card is in the office and your child is having a reaction in class, cafeteria, etc. I know at dd`s elementary school one of the other pa kids had to have the epi used, and everyone was in a panic. I don`t plan on my school remembering to send an emergency card that is somewhere else. I try to make it as foolproof as possible.

Posted on: Sun, 09/10/2006 - 1:18pm
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My child's medicine bag at home contains 2 epi-pens; 2 doses of antihistamine; a sheet with information about his allergens, how to respond to a reaction, and contact phone numbers; and the insurance card. Yes, he'd get treated at a hospital without it, but sadly sometimes standards of care are better when they know you have insurance. The medicine bag at school has all of the above, but no insurance card. After reading Carefulmom's post, I'm going to request another copy of the insurance card so I can include it in there.
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