By Valeria Pizarro
Thinking about your medical history right off the top of your head might not be easy for everyone.
From the last surgery you had, to your relationship status to your allergies, everything is important when visiting the doctor.
A record of your medical history comes in handy when you are not able to voice out what your history is.
El Paso Community College’s Office of Risk Management & Safety is providing small medical trackers for free.
“When you go to a place that you haven’t been to before, they’re going to ask you questions,” said Nancy Tharp, Risk Manager at EPCC.
“What illnesses have you had? What immunizations have you had? Is your shot record up to date? What surgeries have you had? Have you been to the hospital? What medications are you taking? This will help you keep track.”
Everyone is welcome to come get a medical tracker and the booklet is sturdy enough to not be damaged easily. It provides a cardholder, as well.
“If students check their [EPCC] e-mail and they want one, and we’re here, they can come by and get one,” she said. “Most people just come get it and they say ‘thank you, this is really helpful’.”
Tharp stresses on the importance of keeping the record up to date.
“Keep it up to date. If you change medications, change it in here. If you change doctors, change it in here. If you have a new surgery, add it. If you have a new allergy, put that in there and carry the card with you all the time,” she said. “We want to keep people safe. We just thought it would be a nice thing to do for the community.”
You can request a medical tracker by calling Ivan Flores at 831-6381 or Nancy Tharp at 831-6444.
The MED-TRACKERs are also available at the ASC ‘B’ building, room B280.