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Medical Alert and Identification Jewelry and Tags for the Elderly

Medical Alert and Identification Jewelry and Tags for the ElderlyMedical alert and identification jewelry and tags are small accessories that contain vital information about a person’s medical history and identity. As it is often touted in marketing campaigns for these devices, it is able to “talk for you when you can not”. It is has a broad appeal to people of all age groups. In the elderly, it is one of the important tools for medical professionals making potential life and death decisions in emergency settings.

Different Types of Medical Alert and ID Accessories

Medical alert and identification (ID) accessories comes in many forms. This includes :

  • Necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Watches
  • Shoe tags
  • Sports bands
  • Wrist sweatbands

As there is now several companies offering a medical alert and identification services, not all will carry these different types of accessories. The most popular types in all companies are the necklaces and bracelets, usually made from stainless steel as this material is less likely to cause an allergy yet has the durability. Modern technology has added new features to these devices. Bar coding in previous years and microchips are now embedded in these tags to reveal a wealth of information instantly to a medical professional.

What type of information is on these accessories?

Medical alert and identification devices contain the following details :

  • Unique identification number
  • Name of the user
  • Contact details for the next of kin
  • Details of family doctor
  • Pre-existing diseases
  • Medication currently being used
  • Hypersensitivity (allergy) to certain substances

Not all these details may be on the device itself. By phoning in to a central call center, the doctor can simply quote the unique identification number and access all the details in the service provider’s database. There may be online access for convenience. Details of recent ailments and hospital visits may also be stored in these databases thereby providing the attending doctor with vast information on the patient.

Is medical alert and identification necessary?

Although it is a person’s choice whether to subscribe for a medical alert and identification service and use the accessories, it should be considered necessary for any person with any chronic ailment, known allergy or using any chronic medication. The elderly are therefore the ones that are probably most in need of a medical alert and identification service and accessories.

In emergency medical situations, the attending practitioner has to implement lifesaving measures at his/her disposal which are known to be clinically effective. While most of these measures are safe for most people, there can be complications.

  • A person may need additional drugs that are not prescribed initially.
  • The patient’s body may not be able to cope with certain medicines or procedures.
  • Drug interactions arise when medication in a person’s system then reacts with other drugs that are administered.
  • Allergies to certain drugs can prove life threatening within minutes and the attending doctor may not be aware of the pre-existing hypersensitivity.

In modern times with many seniors living alone and often away from their younger family members, there are very few people to speak for them when they cannot. Services like a medical alert and identification is not just a matter of convenience but rather a necessity. There are several companies offering these services with competitive rates and global outreach making it a viable option for every senior.


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