Recognizing Red Flags

It is important that you understand the health conditions that you or your loved one has and how to recognize “red flags” or warning signs that may indicate a condition is worsening. You may want to use a Personal Health Record to list health conditions, red flags, and what action steps you will take when you identify a problem.

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Tips for Recognizing and Responding to Red Flags

Know what to watch for

Do you know what warning signs to watch for that may signal your health condition(s) are getting worse?

Talk to your doctor(s) about what to watch for.

Identify 3-5 red flags to monitor.

Document the red flags identified with your doctor(s) so you and your loved one can reference during your recovery.

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Know what to do

Develop an action plan that you will follow when warning signs appear.

You should ask your doctor’s office to explain what types of afterhours care is available.

In some cases, your action plan might include calling the doctor, while in others you might need to visit an urgent care center.

You should also know when it is necessary to seek treatment in an emergency department.

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