Unregulated Rise Of Medical Alert Tattoos Stirs Debate
Ben Roberts, a 33-year-old from Fowlerville, Mich., estimates that medical bracelets and necklaces have cost him more than $1,000 since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6. Frustrated, he headed to a local tattoo parlor four years ago. "It's a negative thing to say, but diabetes isn't going away any time soon," he said. "You might as well get a tattoo." Today, "Diabetic, Type 1" is tattooed underneath the six-pointed "Star of Life" with a snake running through it, the traditional symbol for emergency medical services. "It's hard to miss," Roberts said. "I'm happy with it — I've even gotten compliments from doctors and paramedics." Researchers and tattoo artists agree more people like Roberts are replacing traditional medical ID bracelets, which average around $30 at Walmart, with medical alert tattoos. STORY: Tattoos being used for medical alerts STORY: Safety tattoos, bands warn of kids' deadly allergies But the lack of regulation of the tattoos — which are intended to warn emergency medical personnel about diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer's — means first responders don't always pay attention to them. "We're not going to stop to read a tattoo in an emergency situation," said Don Lundy, president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. "They can be complicated and hard to read. Medical bracelets and necklaces are what stand out." There's no hard data on the number of people opting for medical alert tattoos, but Saleh Aldasouqi, a diabetes expert in Michigan, said a quick Google search shows how popular they've become in recent years. Aldasouqi said despite this popularity, there isn't any medical literature on the tattoos. He has been pushing doctors to start talking about the tattoos to ensure they're done safely and effectivel Continue reading >>
Why You Should Wear A Medical Id
It's a scenario that many people with diabetes fear: being unable to help yourself because of high or low blood glucose. That's why it's so important to wear a medical ID. "A medical ID can speak for you if you can't speak for yourself," says Marcia D. Draheim, R.N., CDE, president-elect of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a PWD type 2. For example, one of Draheim's patients became disoriented from low blood glucose while driving. Fortunately, a medical ID came to the rescue. "Once the highway patrol [pulled her over], they read 'diabetic' on her medical ID and immediately knew how to help her," Draheim says. Always Wear Your Medical ID The one day you choose not to wear an ID might be the very day you need it. "The challenge for diabetes educators like me lies in motivating people to wear medical ID 24/7," Draheim says. Finding one that you like enough to wear every day is key. Many people dislike wearing their diabetes on their sleeve -- or around their neck. Fashion-forward IDs may be more appealing to some, including Sheri Gouterman's 11-year-old son, T.J. "He refused to wear a traditional ID but was more than willing to wear a trendy bead necklace with the medical charm in the middle," Sheri says. Make Sure It's Clear Medical IDs now include temporary tattoos, beaded bracelets, and stretchy silicone wristbands. You can wear an ID around your neck or ankle, tied to the laces of a sneaker, or fastened to a jacket zipper. But before you let fashion sense overrule common sense, heed Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Bob Coulombe: Emergency responders need to see and recognize the ID as a warning symbol so they can treat you. "Simpler is better," Coulombe says. "If your ID looks too much like fancy jewelry, we may not recognize it as a medica Continue reading >>
Which Medical Id Bracelet Is Right For You?
Living with diabetes requires vigilance. Monitoring your condition daily and taking medications prescribed by your doctor are both vital to your health. Even with proper management, medical situations or emergencies are still possible. Medical ID bracelets can come in handy during times of crisis, especially if you aren’t able to direct the person caring for you. A medical ID bracelet often does double duty. Not only can they be fashionable pieces of jewelry, but they also contain information about your condition and your emergency contact information. In some instances, wearing this simple accessory can mean the difference between immediate care and prolonged trial and error during treatment. According to a survey by American Medical ID, approximately 95 percent of responders look for a medical ID in an emergency situation. The survey also found that more than 75 percent of doctors look for an ID when assessing someone. Although medical information can be included on a number of different accessory items, such as necklaces or key chains, the survey found that about 95 percent of people check the wrist first. What information should you include on your medical ID bracelet? To ensure its efficiency, it’s important that you include all relevant medical information on your ID bracelet. You should include: the type of diabetes you have whether you take insulin any allergies you may have an in-case-of-emergency phone number (also known as an ICE number) any implants, such as a pacemaker or insulin pump, that shouldn’t go in an MRI scanner any other pertinent medical information Our top 10 medical ID bracelets There are many types of ID bracelets on the market today. Some have traditional features, such as a simple engraved plate with a chain. Waterproof and sweatproof Continue reading >>
Tattoos Replace Bracelets For Medical Alerts
PHILADELPHIA — FRIDAY, May 25, 2012 (MedPage Today) — As more people with diabetes replace their medical alert bracelets with tattooed warnings, there might be a need for a standard design and body location, a researcher here said. "The tattoo has to be easily recognizable to first responders," Saleh Aldasouqi, MD, from the Sparrow Diabetes Center of Michigan State University in East Lansing, said during a press conference. "It may be that we need guidelines for medical alert tattoos for both patients and tattoo artists," Aldasouqi said. "Should tattoos be prescriptive? I don't know. We're at the beginning of this dialogue and I think it's an important one." Medical alert tattoos for diabetes are a relatively new phenomenon and Aldasouqi admitted he has no hard data on the number of people who choose ink over metal to alert first responders in case of an emergency. He initially became aware of medical tattoos about 3 years ago when a patient showed up with one. His search of the literature, however, produced only two case reports. But a search on the Internet revealed ample evidence that the practice is alive and well. "You can find groups of people discussing their medical tattoos," he said. Rick Lopez, who works at Hard Ink Tattoo in Philadelphia, told MedPage Today that he recently inked a diabetes alert on a young man. "He brought the bracelet into the shop and I just copied it onto his wrist," Lopez said. He said he has tattooed a lot of "cancer ribbons" on customers, generally family members of those with cancer who want to show support, but also on cancer survivors as well. And he has inked the autism puzzle ribbon. But only one medical alert. Aldasouqi and colleagues reported a case presentation here of a 32-year-old women with type 1 diabetes who decided to Continue reading >>
All About Diabetes Medical Alert Id And Why You Should Wear One
In this article, we will look at why you should wear a medical ID/bracelet for diabetes. We will also look at all of the different types of medical IDs that are available for diabetes. There are literally hundreds of ways you can express yourself. However, you will want to make sure that your ID is not so decorative that it is unrecognizable as a medical identification. After all, the primary purpose of a medical ID is to alert emergency and medical personnel, and even the public, to the fact that you have a medical condition (in this case, diabetes). It won’t do you any good if you don’t wear it Wearing your Medical ID all of the time, even when you sleep, is important. If you get into trouble with a low or high blood sugar, and you can’t help yourself, emergency medical personnel will see that you have diabetes, and will know what to do to help you right away. If you don’t have your medical ID on you, then they aren’t going to know that you are diabetic. It happens every day that people with diabetes are pulled over by law enforcement for having a low blood sugar while driving. They may be swerving, or running off the road. If the law enforcement officer sees that the person has a medical ID on their wrist or other easily visible area, they can quickly determine that the person may be having a low blood sugar due to diabetes, and act accordingly. This could save you a whole lot of hassle, and keeps you safe. The officer will know what to do. They are trained to know how to treat low blood sugar for this very reason. If the officer does not see that you have a medical ID on because you forgot to wear it, he or she could think you are intoxicated. In general, all medical personnel and first responders know to look for a medical ID when they arrive on the scene Continue reading >>
Free Diabetes Id Necklace
DRWF has been a strong force in getting the awareness and preparedness message across to the diabetes community by offering a Diabetes Identification. Currently, DRWF is the only resource that provides the identification for FREE by request. Our mission is to promote and educate the public about proper identification for those with diabetes. This identification is key when you are unable to speak for yourself in an emergency. You can request the FREE Diabetes necklace -with a self-addressed and stamped envelope sent to DRWF or you can order online. By wearing this life saving ID each day, you are in effect educating and sharing your knowledge of diabetes. Since announcing the Diabetes Necklace program in 1993, DRWF has experienced an overwhelming response. The diabetes identification necklace reads “I Have Diabetes, Please Test My Blood Before Treating Me.” Many people have found the “Diabetes ID” to be very useful and lifesaving. Many individuals have written in to tell us how useful and life-saving our Diabetes Identification Necklace is: “What a great idea, this could save me, I will wear my necklace every day.” “ I needed a necklace but I just couldn’t afford one. Thanks for offering this FREE service.” “I never used to wear any identification, but now I know how important it is. Thanks for making me realize what could happen if I didn’t have a diabetes ID.” DRWF is proud to offer a product that everyone can use in an emergency situation, and hopefully this will prevent accidents in the future. So spread the word to your diabetes community. To receive your FREE Diabetes Necklace, click here to fill out the Diabetes Necklace Coupon and mail your self-addressed, stamped ($0.69) request to the address below. FREE Diabetes Necklace 1832 Connectic Continue reading >>
Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Wearing Medical Alert Bracelets
At one time in America, medical alert bracelets were extremely popular. They were a quick way to alert medical professionals as to whether or not we had a medical condition in the event we were incapacitated and physically unable to do so verbally. While a lot of advancements have come about since the medical alert bracelet, should we still wear one if we have diabetes? I’ll be the first to admit that I do not wear a medical alert bracelet. Perhaps I should but to me, it brings about too much attention. Even when I was in the military, I did not wear my red medical dog tags because I did not want people to know that I had a “medical condition.” Why? Because of the stigma that is often associated with diabetics. Looking at the situation now, I can see where there may be times when we NEED to let people know that we have diabetes. Car accidents happen daily and in the case of a bad accident that leaves us unconscious or on the verge of death, you bet that we want to let those around us, particularly the medical personnel, know that we have diabetes. What better way to do this than by wearing a medical alert bracelet? The decision to do surgery or the medications that we are given largely depends on our blood sugar levels. The risk of infection and failure for our bodies to heal are all concerns when you have diabetes. I think that it’s safe to say that none of us were happy when we first found out that we had diabetes. The words “you’re a diabetic” or “you have diabetes” can sound like a death sentence and while we … This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting on what I would like to … Continue reading >>
Identify Yourself At Universal Medical Id. Diabetes Bracelets And Diabetic Necklaces.
Diabetes bracelet or diabetic jewelry is probably the last thing on anybody's mind when dealing with diabetes. After all, bracelets, necklaces and anklets may not seem to serve any purpose beyond being decorative. However, when it comes to chronic diseases like diabetes, being identified as having a medical condition is often necessary. This is why diabetes bracelets are often worn not just to inform anyone about the wearer's health status but also to alert people, such as rescuers, first-aid staff and medical professionals of the appropriate action to perform when the wearer is involved in an emergency. When diabetics were first encouraged to wear diabetes bracelets, some people were not very supportive of getting "tagged" as a diabetic. However, the fact that the bracelets were medical alert tags quickly showed why it was a necessity. Today, it still is. Diabetes requires special medical care and attention. In some emergencies, the diabetic person may not always be able to speak or communicate. He or she may even be unresponsive. Furthermore, an emergency may occur when a relative or a friend who has knowledge about the diabetic person's diabetes may not be around. In these cases, a diabetes bracelet can silently inform the attending medical personnel of the disease. Diabetes can be a tricky and rather deceptive condition to have, primarily because blood sugar levels can fluctuate unpredictably. When blood sugar levels suddenly drop or sharply rise, blackouts can occur, requiring medical attention. Having a diabetes bracelet will let the medical staff know how to make the appropriate medical decisions that can save your life. In case you ever figure in an accident, any medications that may be necessary in order to treat you won't affect you in a negative way. Always Continue reading >>
Why Should Someone With Diabetes Wear A Medicalert Medical Id ?
Conditions Diabetes When you have a diabetic emergency, your sugar levels must be corrected quickly to save your life. However, sometimes your symptoms can resemble aggression or intoxication, leading paramedics and doctors down the wrong path which can delay appropriate treatment. Your MedicAlert ID jewelry instantly helps them understand your diabetic episode so they can correct your sugar levels. MedicAlert is there for you when every seconds count. Join now. How does MedicAlert work for people with diabetes? Your MedicAlert medical ID bracelet is just what it sounds like: a medical alert to any paramedics or doctors who might be trying to save you in an emergency. Awareness of your condition can save you when every second counts. Doctors often recommend that people with diabetes should wear an official MedicAlert ID bracelet. As a charity, we've been the trusted emergency information experts in Canada for over 50 years. Only MedicAlert ensures your bracelet is custom engraved in standard medical language reviewed by MedicAlert's medically trained specialists, and includes a 24/7 hotline to answer emergency questions from paramedics and emergency ransponders. In fact, your universal medical ID works even when you're traveling - in an average of five seconds, our exclusive hotline specialists pick up the phone to take calls from paramedics in over 140 languages. Read how MedicAlert ID works What types of diabetes medical ID does MedicAlert have? Your MedicAlert ID can be a bracelet, necklace, watch, wristband, and more. Our materials include gold, silver, stainless steel, and more. Browse our styles MedicAlert ID jewellery for men, women and children. Continue reading >>
Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets, Medical Alert Dog Tags, Medical Alert Pendants
Medical ID Bracelets, Medical ID Tags, Medical ID Necklaces – Custom or Pre-engraved! The American College of Emergency Physicians advises people to “carry an emergency medical ID card or wear medical ID jewelry if they have a health condition, allergy, implanted device or if they are taking medications that might be life-threatening.” If you or a loved one has Diabetes, Shop Now for your Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets, Dog Tags or Necklaces. Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With Diabetes Type 1, your body does not make insulin. With Diabetes Type 2, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have pre-diabetes. This means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having pre-diabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting Diabetes Type 2. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes. Blood tests can show if you have Diabetes. One type of test, the A1C, can also check on how you are managing your Diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your blood glucose level and take medicine if prescribed. Our Diabetes medical alert bracelets, medical ID or necklaces are critically important and may save your life in an emergency situation. If you are ever hurt or in Continue reading >>
Free Medic Alert Bracelets For Diabetes
Free medic alert bracelets for those with diabetes are hard to find, but some organizations do offer them as product samples. One such company, American Medical ID (www.AmericanMedical-ID.com) offers tabletop order form displays that include gift certificates so that interested individuals can obtain complimentary necklaces or bracelets. These are targeted toward educators and other healthcare professionals who set up booths at tradeshows or health fairs as promotional giveaway items or to be used as raffle prizes. When ordering, American Medical ID requests information regarding what the particular event is (health fair, tradeshow, etc.) and also requires the date on which the event is to occur. To learn more about the program, contact American Medical ID by calling its toll-free phone number at 1-800-363-5985 or by e-mailing the company using the online contact form on the Web site. Live chat is also featured on this site every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time with online assistants to answer any questions. Cool Med ID Although you may have difficulty finding medic alert bracelets for free, you dont have to spend a lot. At Cool Med ID (www.CoolMedID.com), for instance, you can purchase a wristband starting at only $3.49 plus $2 for shipping. These are produced from a high-quality 100 percent silicone material and feature “DIABETIC” embossed on them, along with the Caduceus medical alert symbol. The text doesnt fade or rub off; they are easy to put on and take of with no clasps to wrestle with; they are hypoallergenic, waterproof, and resistant to stains; and the wristbands come in a huge variety of colors in sizes to fit both children and adults. Free Necklaces The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation at www.DiabetesWellness.net doesn Continue reading >>
Medical Alert Jewelry For Diabetes
When I learned I had developed Type 2 diabetes, I did not go out that day and buy a medical alert necklace. In fact, it took me several years to see the need to wear one. Adjusting to this chronic condition took a long time because Type 2 diabetes turned my life upside down. There were new medicines, blood sugar logbooks, and diabetes education classes. I visited doctors more in my first year with diabetes than in my entire life before. There was also a new financial pressure. Having diabetes costs money. So I was not interested in buying a necklace or bracelet to warn some stranger about my diabetes. Getting medical alert jewelry was not on my to-do list. But experiencing a low blood sugar in the middle of the grocery store forced me to think about how having Type 2 diabetes was changing my life. I had to either stop going places by myself or plan ahead. This chronic condition makes us vulnerable in new ways. Things change whether we like it or not, especially as we grow older with Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of the things that made me decide to buy a medical alert necklace: • Almost every person with diabetes has blood low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) at times. These episodes can occur with little or no warning. • One of the side effects of hypoglycemia is confusion. It may be difficult to communicate your needs, and a piece of medical alert jewelry can speak for you. • Emergency medical professionals say they look for medical alert bracelets and necklaces. When questioned about it, three out of four said they looked for a necklace or bracelet first before they did anything else. So when every second counts, your medical alert jewelry saves time. • Medical errors in hospitals do happen, and you are most at risk for those errors on admission and discharge. Wea Continue reading >>
Our 5 Favorite Diabetes Medical Alert Jewelry
Today is the American Association’s Diabetes Alert Day and we thought we’d bring up one safety aspect related to life with diabetes. Do you wear a medical alert ID? If not, you’re certainly not alone but, you may want to take the time to consider picking one out today. First responders are trained to search your whole body for an ID of some sort. They are most commonly located on a necklace or bracelet so these are what they are most accustomed to finding. The Hope Paige website shares some very good reasons to wear a medical ID: A prompt and effective diagnosis that greatly assists proper treatment The ability to have a contact reached in an emergency The prevention of misdiagnosis which can lead to harmful medical errors or unnecessary treatment This is why the list of who should wear medical ID include those who live with a clotting disorder, take a blood thinner, live with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Kidney disease, high blood pressure, and even patients who have recently had surgery. People with diabetes, especially those on insulin are definitely recommended to wear an ID. Diabetes Forecast spoke to Sherita Golden, an endocrinologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She told them, “If you’re acutely ill and unable to communicate, emergency medical personnel will see the alert and know to check blood sugar and treat you for hypoglycemia immediately,” or “with significantly elevated blood sugar, medical providers can start administering insulin.” What information does the ID need to display? First, that you have diabetes. But most important is whether you are insulin dependent, Golden says. Don’t assume first responders will spot an insulin pump. On the ID, specify “insulin pump” to help them locate it and stop the Continue reading >>
Fun And Fashion-forward Medical Id Jewelry
Fun and Fashion-Forward Medical ID Jewelry Dressing up diabetes isn't limited to supply bags. Case in point: A handful of companies are offering fashionable takes on the traditional medical alert bracelets. Medical ID Fashions , for instance, offers hundreds of handmade bracelets decorated in beads and medal. Abbe Sennet, who started Medical ID Fashions when she had cancer, sees her role as both artist and advocate. "People don't realize they could be in an accident and their purse could be thrown away, and the police might not find their medical card," says Sennet, whose father died after hospital staff-unaware of his medical condition-gave him too much medication. "[People] have to protect themselves in difficult situations," she says. As long as the jewelry you choose has a clear medical plates-say, a metal tag with the Star of Life symbol on it-emergency responders will know that you have specific medical needs. Whether you wear a bracelet or necklace is up to you, but many EMTs look for a bracelet first, says Doug York, NREMT-P, PS, director of the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. It doesn't much matter which wrist you wear your bracelet on, just that it's easy to find even if you wear other jewelry. Though she's an artist by trade, Sennet is more concerned with the words people put on the bracelet than the style they choose. She says it's absolutely necessary to list your type of diabetes (and if you take insulin), any allergies you have, and an in-case-of-emergency (written as ICE) contact number. From there, add anything paramedics need to know, including noting any implants-think pacemaker or insulin pumps that shouldn't go in an MRI scanner-and whether you've had bariatric surgery, which wil Continue reading >>
Can Stylish Diabetic Medical Alert Yewelry Be Cute & Pretty?
Stylish Diabetic Medical Alert Bracelets and Necklaces that Save Lives In an emergency situation, diabetes can be a life-threatening illness. If you are in an accident, coma, or have suffered from a condition that has rendered you unconscious, you could be given medicine that could spike or plummet your blood glucose levels. This could lead to coma or diabetic ketoacidosis, and both of these can lead to death. Even when the situations are less dire, what if you cant communicate the fact that you need your insulin? Also, when you are ill with something less severe, a medication that isnt diabetes-friendly can make you sicker and delay your recovery. Thankfully, it doesnt have to be like this. For patients alerting doctors, nurses, EMTs, and good Samaritans that they have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes is as easy as wearing stylish diabetic medical alert bracelets and necklaces . This way it is a lot easier identifying diabetic issues. Various types of diabetic id jewelry allow information to be conveyed in an instant. If your blood sugar gets too low, and you are unconscious or incoherent, a look at a diabetes bracelet immediately tells the observer why. No matter the diabetic emergency, a diabetes medical alert bracelet or necklace points to the things that should be checked for first (such as blood glucose levels and A1C). EMTs and emergency room doctors understand that certain symptoms may manifest for different reasons when a patient is diabetic. This allows EMTs and doctors to start accurate treatments that could save your life. Studies show that nearly 95% of paramedics and EMTs check for medical alert jewelry when they first arrive on the scene of an emergency. They are high-profile in the training of all the emergency medicine occupations. What is more, national heal Continue reading >>