Situations exist where persons in need of emergency medical care are unable to speak for themselves. They could be unconscious from a heart attack, an automobile accident or an allergic reaction. In those circumstances, it is very helpful for emergency technical personnel to know if the need for medical care is related to some preexisting condition, such as diabetes or epilepsy. In the case of a car accident, it is important to know if the patient is taking medications that could interfere with treatment, such as anti-coagulant drugs.
It is in times like these where Medical ID Bracelets can literally be life saving. The bracelet immediately tells the first responder that there is something important they need to know about the medical history of the patient. This can save time and, most importantly, can save the patient’s life.
Medical ID Bracelets alert have a snake wrapped around a staff, a symbol that was officially adopted in 1963. Recognized worldwide, it alerts health personnel that the patient has underlying medical issues. Trained to look for Medical ID Bracelets upon receipt of an unconscious or unresponsive patients, medical personnel know that the bracelet is a reliable source of information on the patient’s pre-existing medical history.
The idea of carrying medical information started with the dog tags that soldiers wore. Actually, the early medical alert tags looked very much like dog tags. However, over time, huge changes have been made in both the alert tag and the information that can be provided. Medical alert tags can be bracelets made from silver to gold to platinum. The alert symbol can even be found on flash drives that a patient can keep in their pocket, providing an entire medical history. Associations exist that provide membership cards with the alert symbol, giving medical personal a place to call to obtain important medical history information.
Medical ID Bracelets continue to evolve. Patients with dementia wear them, providing contact name and phone number in case the person wanders and gets lost. Since the bracelets only work if the patient wears them, designers have come up with fashionable interchangeable jewelry, making them an attractive accessory. This is especially important when the wearer is a child or a teen, someone who needs to be encouraged to wear the bracelet all of the time.
The fact is these bracelets do save lives. Any person who has a medical condition that could affect their treatment in an emergency situation should be encouraged to buy one and wear it.