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The Rise of Medical Jewelry
This entry was posted on January 17, 2014.
What happens when the worlds of fashion and medical needs meet? Medical jewelry has been around for many years, but it has taken a new turn of awareness for many people who are suffering from different diseases and conditions. Those with medical badges have been reluctant to wear them due to their bulky sizes and appearance. Because of this, there has been a big shift in the appearance of the medical jewelry in the last few years and more options continue to come out as well. There are now many different pieces available in necklaces, bracelets and charms. These pieces look like fashionable pieces of jewelry, but also have a medical symbol on the outward side and any specifics on the opposite side. When someone feels like the piece of jewelry is not an eye sore, they are more likely to wear it; so more and more people are satisfied with putting this very important piece of jewelry on every single day.
The reason that wearing this type of jewelry is so important is because no one ever knows when they are going to have an emergency that will leave them unable to communicate. There are many different diseases and conditions that can have a wide variety of complications. Having some sort of indication of the problem is an important thing for a person to have in case of emergencies. There are other reasons too, like letting people know about a child’s condition or to keep people aware of any allergies.
Who Should Wear One?
Many people wonder when they should have medical jewelry and whether or not they need one in the first place. In some cases a doctor might recommend that you wear something. But how do you know if you should have one? If you suffer from any kind of condition that may require special medication or special attention should an emergency occur, you should have a piece of medical jewelry somewhere on you. Make sure it is worn in a place where emergency responders would be able to find it. Some of these conditions are going to be, but not limited to, the following:
- Food allergies
- Medication allergies
- Epilepsy, COPD, or other seizure disorder
- Anyone with a heart problem
- Someone with a pacemaker or heart stent
- Hearing or vision impairment
- Organ transplant
- On daily medications, especially blood thinners or steroids
Another thing people wonder is when they should start wearing medical jewelry. If you have any of the above conditions or diseases, it is best to get one as soon as you have been diagnosed. It may take a few days to get it in the mail or have it customized and ready for pick up. The same goes for when you are put on a medication. The sooner you can get yourself a medical bracelet or necklace, the better off you will be in the event of an emergency occurring.
Talking to the Experts
When emergency responders were surveyed on the helpfulness of medical jewelry, they agreed that they are very helpful in treating people correctly. When first approaching an emergency medical situation, there are many different problems that can all have the same indicators. For instance, if responders were to assist a person who may have passed out while driving, it could be for a wide variety of reasons like low or high blood sugar in a diabetic, the aftermath of an epileptic having a seizure or possibly even someone who may have narcolepsy. If a piece of medical jewelry is worn that indicates what the initial problem is, the person can be treated correctly, faster. It can also be life-saving if you are taking certain medications like blood thinners.
Another question that was asked in the survey was how often emergency responders look for jewelry. Over 90% said that they immediately look for a piece of medical jewelry when they first arrive, with another 5% saying that they check shortly after assessing the situation. Nevertheless, if there is a piece prominently displayed, almost all will notice it immediately.
When it comes to children, there are many things that can be going on with them that they may not be able to communicate to others. The most common thing for kids to have, that requires a bracelet or necklace, is food allergies. While kids may not have the food that they are allergic to at home, once they are away, they are more likely to be at risk of having that food. Even if a parent has warned parents at a friend’s or babysitter’s home, it is still very easy to forget about any allergies. Having a visible reminder on the child to help the adult remember is the perfect solution. For kids who are unable to avoid foods because they are just not old enough or can’t communicate, it is important that they have a way to notify those around them when they are away from their parents.
When Should They Be Worn?
It is so important to remember that these pieces of jewelry should be worn at all times. Many parents feel like it is important for their children to have if they are going to someone else’s home or if they are anywhere away from them. No matter what, medical jewelry should be worn at all times, due to the simple fact that anything can happen at any time. If a parent was going to leave the home and rely on their own abilities to communicate any health problems or challenges that they have or their child has, they are taking a large gamble. Different situations or accidents happen all the time. If one was to occur and left the person unable to communicate, there might not be a way for paramedics or responders to know about any specific details. Other things that might also happen in public is passing out, having a seizure or having a bad reaction to medication. Wearing an indicator at all times is always a good idea.