If you have a condition such as Alzheimer’s, COPD, anemia, or another ongoing medical condition, your doctor has likely recommended you get an emergency ID bracelet. They may have also said this if you have a pacemaker, suffer from severe allergies, or have other needs that would influence any medical care you might need to receive.
However, you might be wondering why it is so important for you or your loved one to have a medical ID bracelet if any of these conditions apply. After all, it is not as if we try to put ourselves in a medical emergency! This, however, makes it all the more important to have an emergency ID in a medical situation. Keep reading to find out why.
Quick Recognition of Medical Conditions
These bracelets allow the first responders in an emergency to quickly recognize any medical conditions you might have. Perhaps you have diabetes and would need some insulin to help the situation. The paramedics would not realize the need to give you insulin unless they knew you had diabetes. In many instances, an individual in crisis—whether it is you or a loved one—is not in a position to give the paramedics information, which is where the emergency ID bracelet comes in handy. The quicker the first responder gets the information they need to treat their patient, the better.
Reduce Treatment Errors
If the doctors treating you do not have all of the necessary medical information, they might make a mistake that could compromise your medical care. What happens if you have a serious blood disorder, are unable to tell them this yourself, and do not have an emergency ID bracelet with this information? The doctors are likely to assume you do not have such a disorder, and could make decisions that would be quite dangerous for you.
Occasionally, there may be the possibility to solve a medical situation without going to the hospital, even if paramedics are on the scene. Consider this as an example: you have iron-deficient anemia and you forgot to eat breakfast in the morning. If you start feeling sick and dizzy on the bus just after noon, and collapse, someone is likely to call an ambulance. However, you may only need some food to help you feel better again. You may also have a pill you take. If the paramedics do not know about your condition, your condition could get even worse the longer things take. An emergency ID bracelet with “iron-deficient anemia” can help streamline your treatment and stop your condition from spiraling.
Provide Essential Medical Information
Above all, a medical ID bracelet provides medical professionals with the information essential to treat their patients in the most appropriate manner. This helps speed treatment, lessens mistakes, et cetera—as we have discussed thus far.
However, the most important aspect of an emergency ID is that it can provide critical medical information when you—or the person in crisis—cannot do so themselves. Any condition that causes your doctor to recommend a medical ID is essential for professionals to know, both in an emergency and as a routine treatment. Do not let such a condition go unknown.Image: leaf / 123RF Stock Photo