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lynnmarie219

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Medical ID's and Alerts
« on: July 26, 2008, 09:50:19 PM »
Does anyone here wear any type of Medical Alert jewelry or carry any type of cards, flash drives, alert key chains etc with them?

Since I have just added Diabetes to my collection of diagnoses, I have been been thinking about getting something to wear as well as one of those flash drives you can carry on your key chains. They are pretty neat...you enter all of your insurance, medical and doctors information on it and it has the medical alert symbol on it so if you are ever in need of medical care (or to just use the information for doctors appointments or at the pharmacy even) all they have to do is plug the flash drive into any computer to get all of your medical information.   

Just wondering if any of you use anything that you particularly like or recommend. Thanks!
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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2008, 10:23:04 PM »
That's a good idea. Maybe I can find one and do it sometime. Right now I have medical neckles that comes with a card I put in my wallet. =)

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2008, 10:57:25 PM »
Lynnmarie,
I've worn a braclet for years because of my narcotic allergies.  Also my heart problem. 

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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2008, 09:31:20 AM »
Hi Lynnmarie,

I carry a card in my wallet, but I'm starting to think about the medical jewelery.  I'd not thought of the flash drives, I'll have to look into that. 


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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2008, 10:06:11 AM »
Hi  :)

I wear a talisman thing round my neck that opens and there's a little bit of folded paper in it with conditions and meds. Just in case I'm in an accident, I think it's best if they know what I'm already on. I bought mine online somewhere.

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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2008, 04:57:27 PM »
Scottie,

That sounds like such a good idea!  I'll have to start looking around for one.


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« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2008, 09:50:01 PM »
I wear a large sterling silver Medicalert bracelet.  When we had to call the ambulance when I fractured the sacrum, they were able to get doctor's names, all the medicines, dosage, family no's etc.  My bracelet is custom printed on the inside with my diseases and a message that says "Call 1-800-xxxx" for information.  There is a number printed on the inside also that is my own individual patient no.  When you call the 1-800 no.  that no. gives them my whole file. 

They also have the thumb drives and other medical jewelry.  One of the things I found so important was all the medication.  I was unable to remember all of it due to the pain and stress.  My husband could think of nothing.  I also print out my patient page and post it on the front of the refrigerator.  You never know when you won't be able to give this information. 

The one I use is the Medicalert site.

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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2008, 03:31:18 PM »
I don't have a medical ID jewelry - I guess I would if I had a serious allergy to a common medication or diabetes etc.

I once read a post on this subject written by an Emergency Medical Technician. The EMT recommended only wearing a bracelet or necklace that looked like the traditional medicalert jewelry - something that stands out clearly that it's worn for medical use. He said that in an emergency they examine the patient carefully looking for signs of trauma; if they see medical jewelry they know to check it. However if it's disguised as fancy jewelry they won't find it because they don't have time. They then will look in your wallet or purse for additional info - so he suggested keeping a card in your wallet near your driver's license with all your medications, Drs. names, people to call etc. If you don't need the medicalert jewelry, then keep the card in your wallet and it will be found (as long as your wallet is handy that is). It makes sense to me so I'm passing this info on.

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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2008, 06:18:21 PM »
Thanks everyone for all of your input....good information!
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2008, 03:14:39 PM »
Hi Guys

You can make your own medical information/id card to keep in your wallet/paste on your fridge through this link http://www.doctorbabel.com/

The site is free and was put together by several ER specialists, who were very concerned that they were treating patients in ER without knowing their medical history. This site will also translate your information into other chosen languages (including the names/identity of drugs) in case you need to travel. I have worked on the epilepsy part of this site with one of the doctors, Karl, who invested a lot of his own money into the project. When we last spoke, he was hoping to provide this as a free service for as long as possible.

I'd be interested to hear if anyone joins up, and what you think of it, so that I can let Karl know.

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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2010, 10:12:23 PM »
A MedFlash is very efficient to use in medical information. I want my mother to have this medical alert device because it is flexible in storing data. And at the same time it is less time and paper works.

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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2010, 11:41:05 PM »
I saw this neat little flash drive bracelet at the pharmacy and rang up the EMTs and a couple hospitals to ask if this would work (having tons of medical conditions and all,) what they said amazed me a bit.

The hospitals, in particular, were adamantly against them--they didn't want any chance of corrupting their computers, even if that information could be lifesaving (the EMTs backed the hospitals up, including that they rarely have access to a USB drive right away and when there's an emergency, they're just going to start doing something fast.)

So I said to the EMTs, "What medical I.D. do you look for/use?"  They said the best/preferred place to wear medical I.D. is as a bracelet (I imagine b/c they usually start an I.V. almost immediately.)  Then they said to put as much information as you possibly can on those little metal charms--latex-allergy, immunocompromised, Sjogren's, Paradoxical Vocal Cord Dysfunction,...any medicines, etc. (I'm envisioning a charm bracelet, lol.)

Honestly, I was kind of surprised by the answers, esp. as a flash drive could store other essentials, too, such as contact info, DNR, will, living will or any religious restrictions on medical care...but everyone's saying "Nope" for now.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2010, 11:55:06 PM »
I bought my daughter a Medical Alert Watch and he wears this all the time.  It has a white background with the red medical sign in red.  There is info engraved on the back and the number of the Medic Alert Co.  She wore bracelets for years, but wanted a watch and they have them.  Lucy

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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2010, 06:21:24 AM »
AceCream, welcome to Sjogren's World, I hope you find this to be a supportive, friendly place. Maybe you'd like to start a thread in the Social Hour message board and introduce yourself a bit, so we can get to know you?

Verythankful, this is a constant concern of people involved with the storage of medical data. When you think of all the personal data of yourself and family members in such storage, it would make the lives of identity thieves very easy! Data encryption can only go so far after all. And a well secured MIS (medical information system) would definitely be at risk if they started plugging in random flash drives.

In Canada we carry our health services access card with it's individual number, and we present that and answer a security question when accessing services; in the case of emergency, treatment is sometimes given to "John/Jane Doe" until identity can be verified and the information merged with the right file so false information isn't incorporated into the file.

Because of the importance of the identity cards, and the fact that they are searched out as soon as the patient is stable if not presented before then, I keep my medications, medical history, and advanced directive (living will, organ donation info) on a laminated card with that ID card and driver's license in my wallet . There has been discussion of placing an information chip on the cards (similar to the encoded chips on bank/credit cards) going on for years, but no one can guarantee privacy, since every time financial institutions try something new, someone seems to find a way around it.
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Re: Medical ID's and Alerts
« Reply #14 on: July 29, 2010, 09:30:07 PM »
My son has medical alert bracelet. They engraved the information in the bracelet. The last name, Type 1 diabetes, and the most important is the cell number.
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