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Word On Medical ID

Our grateful thanks to Medic Alert for their contribution to our on-air report which you can hear again further down this page.

A medical ID provides information which could save your life in an emergency.

With medical conditions, drug and food allergies, prescribed medicines and emergency contacts engraved onto the surface, a medical ID bracelet or necklace guide paramedics and doctors in giving you appropriate timely diagnosis and treatment when you cannot speak for yourself.

Who should wear a medical ID?

People with a wide range of conditions are recommended to wear medical IDs to alert healthcare professionals in an emergency. The following are good reasons to wear a medical ID:

  • Food, drug and insect allergies
  • Heart problems
  • Asthma, COPD
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes
  • Blood disorders
  • Alzheimer's disease, dementia, memory problems
  • Breathing disorders
  • Rare diseases
  • Epilepsy/seizure disorders
  • Hearing, visual or mental impairments
  • Transplant surgery
  • Clinical trial participation
  • Autism
  • Sickle Cell Anaemia
  • Stroke risk
  • Multiple medicines

 Lack of information about medical conditions can be dangerous.

  • Symptoms of common ailments can be misdiagnosed easily.
  • Prompt diagnosis critical to effective treatment may be delayed.
  • Half of all medical errors occur because of mistakes made upon admission to or discharge from the hospital according to a study conducted in the US.
  • A recent USA study found that more than 95 percent of emergency medical responders look for a medical ID; more than 75 percent check for a medical ID immediately upon assessing a patient. If you are wearing medical alert jewelry it won't be missed.

You should always wear your medical ID so it can alert healthcare professionals in the case of an unexpected emergency.

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