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Medical Bracelet Speaks When You Can’t

We encourage customers to consult their doctors before deciding what to have engraved on their bracelets. There are also people who had their blood type etched on the bracelet in case of emergency. Mandelzweig, who works in body-focused psychotherapy and has two adult children, recalled the tragic fatal case over a year ago when a young woman with a nut allergy went to a Tel Aviv cafe and grilled the waitress about whether the Belgian waffles she ordered contained nuts. Mistakenly assured that they did not (the syrup in fact contained a nut spread), the young woman immediately lost consciousness after ingesting them. Nobody knew that her Epipen [an epinephrine auto-injector used to deliver a measured dose to treatment acute allergic reactions to avoid or treat the onset of anaphylactic shock] was in her handbag, she said. If the allergic woman had a MediTag on her wrist, people could have helped her immediately and saved her life. Other types of people who would benefit include people with allergies to milk or drugs like penicillin, nuts, latex and other substances, or epileptics who might suddenly have an attack. A medical professional could give help immediately without wasting time.
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Medical ID bracelets go glam to save lives

The bracelets cost $15 to $50, depending upon the design, and are available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Ralphs, Albertsons and Kroger, among other retailers. [Updated Nov. 1, 2011, 4:25 pm.: The original version of this post said the jewelry was available at the listed retailers. Only the brochures are available at the retailers. The jewelry must be ordered through the brochure, online or by phone.] With the TextID bracelets, information can be accessed within seconds of an emergency responder sending a text to the five-digit number on the ID. That information is texted back in two parts a first message that reveals the patients name, gender, age, condition and contact phone number, and a second message with a URL providing an entire medical profile. In a personal test of the system, both texts were received within 10 seconds.
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Medical ID Bracelets: The $15 Lifesavers

But the most common items are still jewelry necklaces, bracelets, dog tags and the like. They have gotten more stylish through the years and now come in silver, gold and titanium, some in leather, others even studded with semiprecious stones. At American Medical ID, where customers can build their own bracelet online ( ), prices range from around $30 to $700. The fancier items, though, can keep medical personnel on their toes. "We have to know to look for those kinds of things," said Connie Meyer, president-elect of the 30,000-member National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
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Textbracelet If you get something too fancy, it may be missed. EMT, Chelle Cordero adds, If the decorative nature means a patient will wear a tag in a highly visible location, [thats]good. All medic alert jewelry should have a highly visible star-of-life so that a first responder knows to look for details. I admit it: I've had diabetes for seven years, and only recently did I even think about buying a medical alert ID. It's not like me to be this irresponsible, but diabetes crept up on me, rather like type 2 does, although I'm a type 1 . My diabetes is a slowly progressing adult-onset form, sometimes called type 1.5 . For the first five years after my diagnosis, I controlled the disease with diet. Scary lows (and dramatic spikes) are a fairly recent phenomenon for me. In response, I test my blood sugar vigilantly and am even planning to try a continuous glucose monitor. But somehow the medical alert tag didn't reach the top of my priority list. Learning what different foods and exercise do to my body, finding the right insulin , adjusting the dosage, making sure I always have testing supplies - all these seemingly more immediate concerns trumped it.
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