The Importance of a Medical Alert ID

I was teaching a First Aid class recently and when discussing Anaphylaxis (life threatening allergy), I asked if anyone in the class had a serious allergy. One student raised his hand and explained that he had a severe allergy to morphine. I asked if he wore a medic alert tag and he said, “No I don’t”. When I asked why, he explained that if he ever goes to hospital he will just let them know about the allergy. While this may seem like a simple alternative, it fails and may have deadly consequences if he should be unable to provide those details. From the moment paramedics arrive, EMS crews need to know about allergies or medical conditions, even when the patient is not in a condition to provide that information. This is where the medic alert tag comes in.



When people think of medical alert tags, they usually envision the ugly bulky silver bracelets with the red medical cross on them. These are visually unattractive and people often feel that the tag makes them stand out as a sign saying “Something is wrong with me”.







Medic Alerts have changed and you are no longer confined to the nasty old silver bracelet. In fact a recent trend has been the introduction of medic alert tattoo’s.




Today’s markets have drastically changed the look and appeal of medical jewelry. The styles have changed to include higher quality metals, gemstones, or styles. Regardless of the style of medical jewelry chosen medical jewelry can save lives.

No matter the age of a person if you have a disorder or allergy that can adversely affect your life it’s important that you are able to notify emergency medical teams if you become incapacitated. This is when a medic alert can save your life. Many times people carry cards in their wallets but when an emergency strikes it may be hard to locate a wallet sized card that could be wedged between other items in your wallet and these items are often overlooked until much later when it may be too late.

On the day that I was speaking with my students about medic alerts, another student in the class spoke up and said “My Medic Alert Tag saved my life”. She went on to explain that she is highly allergic to Acetaminophen, more commonly known as Tylenol. She said that ingesting the drug will cause severe swelling in her air passages and render her unable to breathe. One day she had a headache at work and took an aspirin without realizing that someone had put Tylenol in the Aspirin bottle. Within minutes she was struggling for breath and soon became unconscious. Co-workers had called 911 and when the paramedics arrived, they noticed her medic alert tag and the aspirin bottle nearby. A quick inspection of the bottle and they discovered Tylenol. The paramedics immediately administered Epinepherine, which is used to counteract the effects of a severe allergic reaction. When she woke up in the back of the ambulance on the way to hospital the paramedic explained that her medic alert was what clued them into the cause of the problem and saved precious time.

Without wearing a medic alert tag medical care providers have no way of knowing if a medication they are giving you will have an adverse effect on your health or if it will trigger other health problems. Diabetics should wear medic alert tags not only for medical care providers but also to alert people around them if their sugar happens to bottom out and they need assistance quickly. This will aid in having people know what the problem may be and to help you until emergency medical teams can respond.

If you have been on the fence about purchasing a medic alert tag due to the visual appeal you can quickly put those feelings to rest. While researching this topic I saw many different medic alert tag providers including who provide these very modern, and stylish bracelets.




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