Medical Alert Bracelets and other similar devices can provide critical life saving information to first responders, emergency medical technicians, doctors and others who would not be aware of a person's medical history, allergies, etc. in a time of emergency. There are many suppliers of medical alert bracelets. They all serve one purpose, to help save your life when you cannot speak for yourself.
If you have a medical condition such as a life threatening food or medicine allergy, a pre-existing medical condition or maybe even a rare blood type, a medical alert bracelet may be the only communication you have to let emergency medical staff know so they can provide the proper treatment for you without potentially doing more harm. MedicAlert ™ is probably the most recognized name in medical alert bracelets. The medical symbol they use has become synonymous with emergency medical identification. There are many more options on the market now, but they all serve one purpose.
The emergency medical alert device can be as simple as a bracelet worn on the wrist or a pendant worn on a necklace with an engraved notification on the reverse side of the bracelet or pendant. With today's technology, the wearer can even provide a complete medical history which can be accessed by computer either locally or through a medical alert service to which a person may subscribe for an additional level of protection and security. To be able to provide medical records in real time, technology has progressed to the point where a small USB flash drive device can be used to store relevant medical data in an industry standard format which can be accessed by most any computer with a USB port. The other option is that of an emergency medical alert service where a phone number is inscribed on the medical alert bracelet. A first responder or other emergency medical staff can call the number, and be provided with any and all medical information which is centrally stored. These medical alert centers are staffed 24 hours a day by trained personnel who can bring up a patient's record and then communicate this information to the treating medical team.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all of the aforementioned medical alert scenarios. The decision of which one is best for you depends on several factors. First, how extensive is your medical history that needs to be communicated in the event you are incapacitated? If you simply have an allergy to penicillin or you are on a blood thinning agent, a simple medical alert bracelet or pendant may be all that is necessary to communicate your condition to those who would treat you. However, if you are an older adult and/or have a complicated medical history that cannot be communicated in one or two small lines of engraving, then the medical alert Emergency Response Center may be the best option. In either case, and specifically in the case of a complicated or extensive medical history, it may be beneficial to carry the USB flash drive device with your medical history stored in electronic format. At the hospital, it will be much more efficient for the staff to pull up your history on the computer from the USB device rather than rely on phone or faxed data from the Emergency Response Center.
In the end, it all comes down to what you need to be able to tell emergency medical staff in the event that you are unable to speak for yourself in a medical emergency. The star of life symbol on whatever brand of medical alert bracelet or device will alert the first responders that you require special care. Without it, their help could actually do harm.