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Should everyone wear a medical alert bracelet?

Should everyone wear a medical alert bracelet?

No: Only people with life-threatening conditions that need to be taken care of immediately - e.g. Epilepsy or a severe allergy that can lead to death in minutes. ...Read more

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Do type 2 diabetics need to wear a medical alert bracelet?

Do type 2 diabetics need to wear a medical alert bracelet?

Can't hurt: Hi. In all honesty, it can't hurt. But unless you're taking insulin and have a high risk of hypoglycemia, you're probably OK without it. I'm a type 1, and when I was young my Mom always wanted me to wear one. I'm just not a jewelry person, and never have worn one. So I leave it up to patients. Stay in tight control and live healthily! ...Read more

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Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Why do patients with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

Steroid use: Medical alert tags tell an emergency responder about conditions that may impact the patients treatment. Chronic steroid use would be important information.Also! many COPD patients have trouble breathing with too much oxygen! ...Read more

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Should I wear a medical alert bracelet if I have never had anaphylaxis but have shrimp allergy?

Should I wear a medical alert bracelet if I have never had anaphylaxis but have shrimp allergy?

Yes: Shrimp allergy is a potentially life threatening allergic reactions to shrimp. The evaluation of food allergy requires a detailed history to confirm the reaction and confirmatory skin test / lab test and possible oral challenges. If one has a history of reacting to shrimp (or any food) and this is confirmed by an allergy evaluation and testing then tx includes: avoidance, Epipen (epinephrine) and medic alert. ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear a dead loved one's medical alert bracelet?

Is it ok to wear a dead loved one's medical alert bracelet?

No: ...And if you are in an accident and are unconscious, imagine the consequences. Honor your loved-one's memory in a much less risky gesture. ...Read more

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Is it ok to wear some charms attached to your medical alert bracelet?

Is it ok to wear some charms attached to your medical alert bracelet?

Yes: Yes, as long as it doesn't look decorative only in which case it would be overlooked as a medical alert. ...Read more

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Do you think it could be a good idea to wear an allergy medical alert bracelet?

Do you think it could be a good idea to wear an allergy medical alert bracelet?

Yes: Patients with severe allergies are encouraged to purchase and wear medical alert bracelets or necklaces. This is especially important for those with allergies to medications, bee stings, latex and foods. During a severe reaction, a person may not be able to communicate there allergies and er docs, etc will check for these bracelets. There are many choices. Try http://www.Laurenshope.Com/. ...Read more

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Why do people with ADHD wear medical alert id bracelets and tags?

Why do people with ADHD wear medical alert id bracelets and tags?

To indicate their: Prescribed dose of amphetamine (adderall, vyvanse, (lisdexamfetamine) dexedrine) stimulants because many states require er's & trauma centers to screen drivers & passengers in motor vehicle accidents for drugs. Also, some non-stimulants(tenex, intuniv, catapres, capvay) lower blood pressure & rebound hypertension can occur if they'e discontinued abruptly. ...Read more

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Trying to design a medical alert bracelet. What can I put on there to have paramedics check medication interactions before administating anything? I have several potentially major(if not lethal) interactions with the meds I'm taking as well as several m

See answer: You may want to indicate something like "Severe drug interactions: See wallet" and in your wallet list the medication you are on, the need to check for interactions before administering emergency medication, and any specific medication that you might be concerned about. ...Read more