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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Using Medical ID Bracelets

by Katrina Polder

There are situations wherein people are in need of medical aid, but they are not in a position to speak up. Some examples of some problems which can land people into such emergency and helpless situations are seizure disorder (epilepsy), cardiac problem, diabetes, allergic reactions to many items like some food items, some external materials like natural rubber, etc.

Obviously the patient cannot speak up for himself or herself in such situations, and if there is nobody on hand who knows that person, the EMT or EMS has to grope and experiment to find the problem. On the other hand, in such situations, if information is available to the medical people about a preexisting medical problem of the patient, it can be really useful to save time required to investigate and thereby give the medical aid faster and save the life of the person.

Wearing medial information bracelets is one way of carrying such medical information about oneself. To complement this information if a list of medicines regularly taken by a person is carried by him along with his ID, this will also help in providing very valuable information to the medical team.

In some rare situations, some medicines react with others and become dangerous to the human body instead of helping it. So, deciding a medicine which will not result in an adverse situation like this is important; this can be done only if the medicines to which the person is known to be allergic or the medicines which the person is already regularly taking as a treatment for an existing medical problem are known.

Gaining this knowledge is part of the medical investigation in any case; but if the patient is unconscious and somebody who knows his case is not available to provide this information, it becomes difficult to decide on administering such medicines. Medical history of persons is now becoming increasingly available online; but this is useful only if the name of the patient who is having an emergency is known and if access to computers is also available; this may not be the condition always.

Alzheimer's disease and dementia make a person sometimes to totally get lost about himself or herself. Such patients cannot provide the medical information about themselves in an emergency. We can imagine and also we often are witness to many such situations wherein medical information, if made available will be useful for a correct and fast medical aid.

Though people may feel bad exhibiting this information about themselves for obvious reasons of sense of inferiority and privacy, the utility of providing it to the medical team to save their lives in emergencies is undebatable.

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