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Staying Alert with MedicAlert

Posted on: August 28th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

For those with certain medical conditions there may come a time when they cannot communicate because they are unconscious, in shock or experiencing another event that doesn’t allow them to speak. It is exactly for these times that MedicAlert was created.

MedicAlert is a medical identification tag worn as a bracelet, necklace or on clothing to let emergency responders, doctors or law enforcement know that the person wearing it has a medical condition that needs immediate attention. Most often these are people with diabetes, severe anaphylactic allergies to food, drugs or insects, a pacemaker or those on blood thinners.

The need for MedicAlert is growing. Right now, one in five people has a special medical condition. Also, as the Baby Boomer generation ages and life expectancy increases, so does the occurrence of chronic diseases like heart disease and epilepsy.

When episodes caused by these conditions occur, tragic or even fatal mistakes can be made by treatment from first responders if the person’s special condition is unknown. For example, a diabetic with low blood sugar could be mistaken as being intoxicated and die, or someone may accidentally be given a shot of penicillin even if they are extremely allergic to it.

Aside from easy identification of a person’s name and medical condition, MedicAlert can also carry around your complete personal health history at all times. With the MedicAlert E-HealthKEY, a USB-enabled device, your complete personal health history is with you at all times in case there is an immediate need for your health records.

From the first bracelet was created 50 years ago and through advances in technology, MedicAlert has stood the test of time. If you or a loved one has a special medical condition, we at LA Medical encourage you to discuss contacting MedicAlert and getting your own bracelet, necklace or identification card today.