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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?

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

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If you have allergies and asthma, should you wear alert bracelet?

If you have allergies and asthma, should you wear alert bracelet?

Generally not: The most common use of alert bracelets are to alert emergency medical personnel to treatments that, if given in a situation when you can't provide input to your care, will result in more harm than good. A classic example is penicillin allergy, in which you would not want someone to give you penicillin if you were unconscious. This type of situations usually doesn't apply to asthma and hay fever. ...Read more

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If you saw something on a medical alert bracelet, would you know what condition the person has?

If you saw something on a medical alert bracelet, would you know what condition the person has?

Not necessarily: Most medical alert bracelets list a patient's drug allergies. Sometimes they do list specific conditions like diabetes, but not necessarily. ...Read more

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Should I put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

Should I put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

Yes: If you have the genetic problem of prolonged muscle relaxation after the administering of succinylcholine you should display this on a medic alert tag and place it in all of your medical records. It is our hope that someday we will find a replacement medication for this med but we still need it occasionally in anesthetic practice. The diagnosis is made by getting a dibucaine test. ...Read more

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What is a good way for me to put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

What is a good way for me to put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

SUX and Medic Alert: If possible, have the bracelet state the actual medical condition or allergy. The most significant issue with this deficiency is the use of succinylcholine (SUX) for intubation of the trachea with a breathing tube. Some individuals have indicated "sux" or "succinylcholine " allergy. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the best way for me to put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

Please help! What is the best way for me to put pseudocholinesterase deficiency on a medical alert bracelet?

Tell your anesthesio: Fortunately, this deficiency will rarely cause problems as succinylcholine is hardly ever used. Another drug, called mivacurium, requires an intact pseudocholine esterase system. The most important thing is to tell your anesthesiologist in the event you require surgery. ...Read more

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