Weekly First-aid Topic: The elderly should carry information cards
From:Beijing Municipal Commission of Health and Family Planning



Recently, the 120 Center of Beijing received a call, reporting that an elderly person had fallen to the road and needed help. When the ambulance team arrived, the old man was leaning against a good-hearted man. Initial examination of the elderly confirmed that there were no fatal injuries. When inquired about the family’s contact information, the old man only remembered one landline number. But no one answered after calling it for several times. For the home address, the elderly only remembered Wukesong and the Second People's Hospital of the Ministry of Aerospace. The elderly did not carry mobile phones, ID card and other items. In this situation, the medical staff immediately contacted the police station where the elderly lived, hoping to find clues. But they got no result. Therefore, they sent the elderly person to the hospital first and then tried to contact the families.

After searching, phone number of his family member was finally found. At 9:00 in the evening, the family members came to the hospital. Through conversations, we learned that the elderly person suffered from Alzheimer's disease and had gotten lost for several times. The families wrote the information card, but the elderly person always torn it off.

Here are some tips from Beijing 120. Elderly people’s memory is declining. Patients with Alzheimer are more likely to get lost. It is suggested that citizens with an elderly person in their family can make an identity card for them with their name, home address and emergency contact phone number on it. The card can be sewed in the elderly person’s clothes pocket to prevent them from getting lost or to help them find their families in accidents.