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Be Prepared – The best advice is the advice taken

Traveling or living outside of the United States can be exciting and fulfilling. That is until the day, that for a medical reason, you need to return to the United States. We are not talking about the situations that require emergency evacuation but rather those situations where traveling by yourself is just not a viable option.
Being prepared is the best strategy, but what does that mean? The answers are usually obvious but often not followed.
*Make sure your passport or Visa is current.*Have all your important documents such as insurance, passport, marriage & birth records in one place and easily   accessible. If these items are kept in a safe deposit box and you need them during a weekend, expect delays.

*Have family members that are in the US have current passports in case they need to make an emergency trip.

*Register your address and phone number with the Embassy/Consulate.

*Keep an adequate supply of your medications on hand.

*If you do need help, have our phone number on hand if you need medical travel assistance.

Are you dependent on supplemental oxygen and wish to bring your own tanks?

Most major carriers now allow the use of “Portable Oxygen Concentrators”. You can carry on your own concentrator as well as use it during a layover. Inquire with the carrier as to their requirements or if they require an MD letter. Check with your home oxygen vendor to see if they can provide you with a small portable concentrator. For long trips, battery use may become a factor as they may only last a few hours. Most carriers still offer “in-flight” oxygen tanks but will not provide oxygen therapy during your layover. This is where the use of your own equipment would be beneficial.

Guatemala Mission — What one FNI nurse did with their vacation time

One of the FNI nurses Michael Frye donated his time and skills as an RN to help people in Guatemala.