Of all the documents we fill out in our lives, some of the most important are medical forms. However, there seems to be a different medical form for each scenario, and it can be difficult to know which document applies to your situation. Most don't think about medical forms until there's a need and there are medical forms that need to be filled out before then.
To help you better understand which form you might need for your specific situation, we have compiled a list of 10 different of the most common types of medical documents. We based our selection on how well-known the form is, and we've given a brief description of what you might use the medical form for along link so you can look at the form and decide if it's one that would be of use to you.
Why Do We Need Medical Forms?
You could need a medical form for a wide variety of reasons. Caregivers of both children and dependent adults will need certain medical forms in an emergency and others to deliver more routine care. Some forms are to only be used if there is an accident and others are to keep track of someone's medical history.
Medical forms help you keep track of your health and provide information to medical professionals, and your family, if you are in a state in which you cannot communicate your history to them. Also, without these forms, healthcare decisions you may not want might get made on your behalf if you cannot communicate your wishes. Here we list 10 medical forms and what they used for so you can get an idea of which ones would be good to you to have in your personal files.
Who Uses Medical Forms?
Anyone can use medical forms. Your doctor's office can provide you with more detailed information regarding treatments, medications, and types of surgeries you have had, and they can advise you on how to make a living will or create a medical power of attorney.
Daycare providers and babysitters need to have certain medical information on file for each child if they are licensed by the state or county. Even if your childcare provider is not licensed, it would be a good idea for them to have medical information that could impact the care of your child and what to do if there is a medical emergency.
What are the Different Types of Medical Forms?
There are medical forms that might be needed during admittance to a hospital, some that are necessary before surgery, and others are for medical staff. Below, you will find the 10 we felt were important to know about.
10 Medical Form Templates
1. Medical Authorization Release
A medical authorization release is a form that allows a medical facility to share the records of a patient with another medical facility or specified individual. This document can be used to share information between different medical centers so everyone treating the patient has the same information, or to an individual who might need to get up to speed on a patient's medical history.
2. Emergency Medical Information
This document can be used during an emergency as the information includes a list of medications, previous surgeries, and current medical ailments. This form helps the treating physician decide the best course of action, so it should be updated every time there is a change in one's health or medication.
3. Medical Treatment and Release
This is a document you can use if you own your own daycare or you frequently transport children who are not your own to events like after-school programs or practice for sports. This form gives you authorization from the child's parents for you to seek emergency medical treatment of their child while he or she is in your care, and it releases you from any liability in the event of an accident while you are caring for their child.
You could also use this form for babysitting or anytime you will be in charge of a child that is not related to you by blood. Information on this form includes medical insurance numbers, emergency contact information, and the preferred hospital or clinic of the parents.
4. Medical History
A medical history form can make things easier for you in several circumstances. You should update the information on a medical history form every time there is a change in the medications you're taking or your overall health. You can take this medical form to your doctor's appointments or provide it to your caregiver so they know what medications you take, any surgeries you've had, and any treatments you've undergone or you're undergoing.
5. Immunization Record
An immunization record is a document that tracks what immunizations you've had and when you've had them. Keeping your immunization record up to date is important, and it can also help you keep track of your flu shots, tetanus shots, and other routine injections you receive. You will probably need an immunization record for your children to enroll them in school and other group activities. You, and your children, will also need a record of your immunizations if you plan to travel outside the country.
6. Medical Power of Attorney
A medical power of attorney form can be used when you are the caregiver of someone who can no longer make medical decisions for him or herself, or when you want to appoint someone to be your medical power of attorney. This document must usually be signed before a judge to make it a legal and binding.
7. Medical Release for Minors
A medical release for minors differs from a regular medical release form. This document should be used if the person who needs an emergency medical treatment is a minor. You can give this to anyone who is caring for your child so that they won't hesitate to seek help in case of an emergency.
8. Camp Medical Form
You might find a camp medical form useful if you run a summer program. This is similar to an emergency consent form, but it's meant to be used by specifically by camps and other recreational facilities. This form includes emergency contact information, medications being taken, activities that should be avoided, and if there are any special needs.
9. Medical Treatment
A medical treatment form is a document you can use if you are a nurse, doctor, or at-home caregiver. The information on this form provides a written treatment plan for an individual that can be shared with those who will care for the person with the medical condition or recovering from surgery.
10. Living Will
A living will might be one of the most important medical documents you need to have prepared before you need it. A living will informs medical professionals, and loved ones, what you want if you cannot provide answers. Some directives might include if you want to be resuscitated and whether you want to donate your organs. You can also give directions regarding life support, long-term care, and what to do if you pass away. No one likes to think of these things, but if you don't have your wishes written down and notarized, medical professionals, and loved ones, might make choices you don't want.
Most people don't think about medical forms until someone puts one in front of them to be filled out, but there are some documents that are good to keep on your person at all times. The medical forms you should carry with you are immunization records, medical history forms, and a copy of your living will. These documents will help EMT's, medical professionals, and your family know what medical care you have had and what medical care, including lifesaving measures, you would want in a life-threatening situation.
There are also medical forms that help you track the health of you, a family member, or anyone else in your care. Keep in mind that some medical forms must be notarized or require the approval of a judge. For instance, a living will has to be notarized to make it a legal document and assigning someone to be medical power of attorney might require an attorney to draw up the papers, get a court date, and have it signed before a judge. At the court hearing, you might need a variety of medical forms and records to prove why a medical power of attorney is necessary.
Finally, it is in your best interest to have certain medical forms updated regularly. Your family and physicians can use certain medical forms to help you with your regular medical treatments, during hospitalization, or if you were to need emergency medical care, and these forms will help anyone looking after your children or other dependents when you need a little help. Use the links we provided to decide which medical form you might need, and don't forget to update them regularly.