Medical Alert

Medical alert jewelry is a piece of jewelry worn by someone with an existing medical condition. The jewelry is usually a necklace or bracelet that contains some pertinent medical information about you.  It may also contain a telephone number of someone else who knows your medical history or even any prescription drugs you are taking.  This type of medical alert can help save your life.

For example, if someone is diabetic and goes into a diabetic coma, they cannot tell the EMS personnel anything about their medical history.  Maybe they were taking insulin and took too much.  Or maybe their blood sugar dropped too low, causing them to go into the coma.  If you are wearing a piece of medical alert jewelry that tells the EMS personnel that you are diabetic, it can save valuable diagnostic time.   Rather than checking out different things to see what is wrong, the medical personnel will immediately know where to begin.

The medical alert jewelry is great for anyone who suffers from diabetes, anaphylactic allergies, adrenal insufficiency, chronic illness or anyone taking blood thinners or someone who has a pacemaker installed.   This type of medical alert can also be helpful to law enforcement personnel.  If you are acting erratic in public or while driving, it may be due to a medical condition.  Having this piece of jewelry or card will let them know that you are not drunk or high on drugs, but suffering from a true medical emergency.

If you do not like wearing jewelry, many of the manufacturers of these medical alerts also offer cards you can keep in your wallet or purse.  Many companies make these medical alerts, but MedicAlert is probably the best known.  There is a new type of medical alert on the market.  This is a USB tag that contains all your medical and emergency information such as prescriptions, existing conditions, doctor’s name and contact number, etc.  The leading distributor of the new USB tags is MedicTag.

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