Simple tool to keep you safe in an emergency
AVAILABLE from pharmacies and small enough to fit in a wallet or purse, the PocketProfile is an invaluable tool which contains details of the medications you are taking.
The card, which is prepared by your local pharmacist, can prove to be vital to your wellbeing if you find yourself in strife at home, near home, interstate or even overseas.
It contains your current medication profile, an emergency contact number, your doctor's name and pharmacy contact details. In addition to the Webster-pak content information, it can be used to record anything else you are taking.
The information is printed by the pharmacist on an A5 sized document which, with its perforations, folds into business card sized card.
Anyone who has the pre-pack medications Webster-pak will automatically have one of these cards issued at the time a pack is purchased and when medications are updated. If you haven't received one, then you need to request it from your pharmacist.
The card can also be requested by pharmacy clients who don't have a Webster-pak but would still like to utilise this card for personal safety.
The PockedProfile card was developed by Webstercare's founder, pharmacist Gerard Stevens AM. "In the middle of the night there was a car accident out the front of our house," Mr Stevens recounts. He approached the scene and noted the police were going through the wallet of a person in the second car.
"It occurred to me that this is what police do in the event of an accident or emergency. They go through the person's wallet to see who they are and any other identification," he added.
From this experience Mr Stevens developed the card which could prove very useful for doctors in the emergency ward.
"It also acts as a tool when a person goes to see their GP or specialist to say, 'here is my current medication list'," Mr Stevens added.
He reported that it will soon be possible for your local pharmacist to upload your Webster-pak information to your My Health Record file so that it can accessed, with your permission, by other pharmacists when you are away from home.
Another new tool is the Webster-pak Interim. Developed originally for hospital discharge patients and providing pre-packed medications up to four days, it can now be requested from pharmacists for use when a short-term medication pack is required.
When travelling the Interim pack can help you manage what you are supposed to be taking and when.