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HHS HealthBeat (June 29, 2011)

What’s in your wallet

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From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

If you take a lot of medications and supplements, it can be hard to keep track of what you’re taking, when you should take it, and how much. But a reminder that can fit in your wallet can make the job a lot easier.

HHS’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has a brochure that has a card in it that you can fill out, and you can get it from AHRQ.  The wallet card can help you keep things straight while dining out, or provide information to a doctor or druggist. And, says AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy:

``This type of card can also be extremely helpful in a medical emergency, so a family member or friend has this critical information to pass along to your health care team.’’  (9 seconds)

The brochure and the wallet card are free.

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HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

Last revised: June 30, 2011