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Do You Have A Medic Alert Band And Would You Get One For Yourself Or Your Kids?

Do You Have A Medic Alert Band And Would You Get One For Yourself Or Your Kids?

Do you have a Medic Alert band?
Why or why not?
What would you say if someone asked you about it if it was not a medical personnel ?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I was an EMT before all the kids came and I spoke to recent paramedics, EMT and firefighters and the only kind of bracelets they consider to even look at are the classic looking medical alert bands from medic alert companies, anything else they think is just plain jewelry or kids neon bracelet toys. They rarely look at necklaces unless they have to give you compressions or place cardiac pads on you and only if they find it on you quickly enough. The bracelets are the best and just make sure it's the silver ones with the red classic style medic alert symbol. Good news it's cheaper than the fancier ones but not as pretty.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I used to wear the necklaces but they turned my skin. I can't wear other jewery options due to my profession so I am going to get a medic alert tattoo on my forearm.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I just ordered a band because my seizures can be bad enough that I want instant recognition by any non-medical personnel if I have a seizure in public. The other option, which I've been wearing for years, is a neck chain that has an epilepsy tag on it. That way it can be out of site but any medical personnel/paramedics will likely look for it right away to see what is causing your illness.

posted over 6 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I have had all types and amazing enough unless you have the basic silver/gold with the a red Medical alert symbol the paramedics and ER staff.. in my experience ....don't read them or notice them. The last nurse told me this. They can't read the engraved lettering well. It has to be black print. I was given a med I was allergic too because I had a fancy alert bracelet that they didn't notice ! I do wear the basic silver with red symbol and it gets noticed. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND ONE. The med I was allergic to sent me to ICU . People don't ask me but they look at it and then me. Sometimes I feel exposed but better than the alternative in an emergency. This saves me lots of money in the ER when they know where my seizures are coming from. I also put my husbands phone number on back... Dr's love it.
I have:
Epilepsy
Allergies ----
ICM ------
Lamictal.....
Simple and direct

edited, originally posted about 5 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member An sos bracelet is the same as many other bracelets and some people call them talismans, they have both names engraved onto it. You can twist it open and there is paper inside that you can write information like your Drs, neurologist, meds, addresses etc onto it.

posted over 6 years ago
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