Everyone with a medical condition should have a medical ID.
Over 60 million Americans have a medical condition which should be immediately known by first responders in the event of an emergency. Conditions such as Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, food allergies are just a few examples. Patients on medications such as coumadin or warfarin and those with heart disease, epilepsy, asthma, or allergies to Penicillin should wear a medical ID.
First responders are trained to look for a medical ID.
The first medical ID bracelets were introduced in the 1960s and have since become a standard practice for those whose medical conditions need to be made known in the event they are unable to speak. EMTs or first responders are trained to look for a medical alert. Your medical ID bracelet or necklace speaks for you when you cannot! Children should always be wearing either a medical ID bracelet or medical alert necklace, especially if they have a known food or drug allergy, asthma, Diabetes, are hearing impaired, or have any other medical condition a first responder should know before treating your child. Young children without a medical condition should wear an ICE ID. An ICE ID allows you to engrave your contact information, including a phone number and possibly their name in the event they become lost.
Life is too short to take such risks.
Here are 10 examples of when you need to be wearing a life-saving medical ID.
1. Your child has a bee sting allergy and while at a friend’s house is stung by a bee.
2. Your child has Diabetes and is invited to a new friend’s birthday party and experiences high blood sugar.
3. You are in an accident while driving to work and are allergic to Penicillin.
4. You are a caregiver of an older adult and are in an accident and uable to commuicate your responsibilities.
5. You are on a blood thinner such as coumadin.
6. You have epilepsy and are in a setting where people are not familiar with the symptoms.
7. Your child has sports related asthma and has an asthma attack during practice.
8. You are on vacation with your family and your child becomes seperated from you while at a park or shopping center.
9. You have had weight loss surgery, lose consciousness and need to be intubated.
10. You are at risk for a stoke and are in a setting where people are unfamiliar with the symptoms.
With proper medical identification, a first responder will be fully aware of your condition and will treat you quickly and accordingly. When seconds are critical you want them to treat your child or yourself in the best possible way.
Share the importance of wearing a medical ID with your family and friends.
Please share with your family members, friends and co-workers the importance of wearing a medical ID. You will most likely be amazed at their responses. Everything from “I’ve been meaning to order one, but haven’t gotten around to it.” or “My children are always with me, so they don’t need to wear anything.” Encourage your family and friends who have a medical condition to take that step in keeping themselves safe.
Why do you believe it’s important to wear either a medical or ICE ID? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.