02 August 2013

August Calendar of Monthly Events – Part 2

Part 2 of 2 parts

This is my favorite part of August awareness month, Medic Alert Awareness Month. There is an abundance of information that we need to be aware of when it comes to the reasons for wearing medic alert jewelry. While I generally blog about this from the diabetes perspective, there are many diseases and medical conditions that would be greatly helped if those patients would wear medic alert jewelry.

Even seniors should consider a form of medic alert. Then if you are a senior, how much can you afford to pay on a monthly basis or will your children be paying for this? I am not saying this is the best available, but check out this link. Not only do they have a system similar to a realtor key system to prevent emergency personnel from breaking in, but they also have medical information available and this can save time as well and get you the right treatment. I would urge every senior to explore the site, as it could be a lifesaver.

Medic alert jewelry is important for many conditions and diseases and will alert first responders to your condition or disease. This is also available to the hospital emergency department and other medical staff if necessary. Normally with medic alert jewelry, it can be worn by all family members needing this and can provide information relating to care wishes and information about the illness when the number on the jewelry is called.

And yes, most every first responder or emergency medical personnel know to look for this when assessing a patient. There are always a few know-it-alls that will ignore medic alert jewelry, but they seldom remain on the job long as their fellow first responders do not want them around for liability reasons. They also are often banned from working when they are discovered ignoring medic alert information as they have been trained to look for medic alert jewelry and make that phone call.

Some of the information available includes:

#1. Emergency Medical Information Record – this is a personal health record stored in our secure electronic database and accessible to first responders in emergencies. This includes information for adults, kids, essential information including family members to be notified, safe return information for people with early Alzheimer's or other dementia, and advance directive management.

#2. Emergency response available 24/7 so the attending physician or EMT can call a MedicAlert agent to obtain your treatment protocol or response plan.

#3. Family notification 24/7 by MedicAlert agents to designated family members or friends you wish to be notified.

I have written several blogs previously about this topic. One of the most read is this one about the pros and cons of the different types of jewelry. Surprisingly, the second popular is this one about medical tattoos. These are mostly useless if you are unable to talk as you have few of the medic alert benefits and no phone numbers for first responders to call or physicians to call for medical information. Yet, it seems the “in-thing” for many young people that don't understand the importance of medic alert. There are many people selling other items to alert people, but none that I have found that have the information to back them up. Occasionally there is a telephone number for the doctor during the day or office hours, but nothing for other medical information.

Two other blogs include this one and this one. If you are a person subject to hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia, you may wish to consider the one above for seniors where a press of the button will summon help. This could be extremely important if you live alone or spend a lot of time alone in your residence.

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