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  • The Rise of Medical Jewelry

    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.

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  • When Should You Get Medical Jewelry?

    Every now and then, you may notice some people are wearing a bracelet or necklace that has a medical insignia on it. What are these pieces of jewelry and why do people wear them? To put it simply, these bracelets and necklaces are worn as a way of notifying other people that the wearer has some sort of medical need. The needs can cover a variety of different areas, but if there is a medical emergency, these pieces of medical jewelry can save that wearer’s life.

    Who Should Wear These Bracelets and Necklaces?

    • Diabetes
    • Food allergies
    • Drug allergies
    • Insect allergies
    • Heat disease
    • Autism
    • Epilepsy, seizures
    • Sight, hearing, or mentally impaired
    • Alzheimer’s/Dementia/Memory problems
    • Blood disorders
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Asthma
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Breathing disorders
    • Stroke risk
    • Taking multiple medications
    • Taking blood thinners or other serious-when-mixed medications
    • Mental health Issues
    • Rare diseases
    • Transplant patients
    • Cancer patients
    • Special needs children/adults

    This is a just a sample of the afflictions and illnesses that can be worn on a medical ID. Many times doctors will recommend that their patient should be wearing a bracelet, but the patient doesn’t always heed the advice. If you feel like you would have any sort of medical needs or requirements that should be known in an emergency situation, or you or your loved one is unable to communicate these needs to others, then you are the perfect candidate for a medical ID.

    Why Should You Wear Them?

    For adults, there are many circumstances where there could be a major health problem, such as seizures or passing out while driving, and people need to know what is wrong and what the best way would be to treat those suffering. For children, it is important to have a medical ID on them so that people around them can know if there are any medical issues; for example, food allergies. This way the medical conditions can be known, even if the person, adult or child who is wearing the ID is not able to tell the responders.

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    When a person is unable to communicate their needs, this bracelet is supposed to do the job. Many times people will be exhibiting symptoms that could be interpreted to be any number of problems. This can lead to a misdiagnosis on the part of medical personnel who may be trying to help figure out what is wrong. If someone has passed out at the scene of a car accident, it could have been a person with epilepsy having a seizure, a diabetic with too low of blood sugar, or maybe it’s just someone who drank too much alcohol at a party. Having the answers right there on the person, with a piece of medical jewelry, can be crucial in saving a life as now emergency responders can take a more educated guess and give the proper help immediately.

    Do They Really Make A Difference?

    Having some sort of medical jewelry on your person will always make a big difference. When asked, emergency response teams reported that 95% of them look for a medical ID when first assessing a patient. This means that the ID’s are almost certain to be seen. Plus, if you are sending your child to school, a party or to someone else’s house, it can serve as a reminder of allergies, needed medications or other medical requirements that the wearer should remember.

    When Should You Order?

    There are many different levels of these ailments and conditions that people suffer from that require different amounts of attention. However, if you walk away from a doctor’s appointment knowing that you are going to need an ID eventually, the sooner you get it the better. Anything could happen at any time when you are just going about your day. If you are left unable to communicate your medical needs, you could be risking a lot of health problems as well as unnecessary bills. Having an ID on you is a great insurance policy against these two things and possibly death. Getting your ID made and sent to you can take some time, so ordering it should be your first priority. Have it sent to you and always remember to wear it, because you never know when you are going to need it!

  • How to Help Someone Having a Seizure

    At N-Style ID, many of the medical ID and medical alert jewelry we make is created for men, women and children with Epilepsy or other seizure disorders. As November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we thought we’d wrap-up November with an overview of what you should know and how to react if a loved one or a stranger has a seizure in your presence.

    Many of us have never had to provide help and assistance for someone having a seizure. Because of this there are a few misconceptions about providing the correct care for seizures. Aside from some basic steps to follow, most of the time, a person having a seizure requires no assistance other than a caring and calming presence. If you have never seen someone having a seizure, it can be a somewhat scary experience. Just remember to stay calm at all times. Seizures will end within a couple of minutes. Seizures can be very confusing to those experiencing them and your reassuring presence is extremely comforting while the person is in “recovery mode” immediately following a seizure.

    Now that you know the importance of staying calm and focused in the presence of someone having a seizure, he’s a list of the top do’s and dont’s for providing care in the event of a seizure:

    WHAT TO DO:

    • Stay calm!
    • Look for medical alert jewelry to confirm that the person has a Epilepsy or a seizure disorder
    • Create the safest surrounding environment possible for the person seizing
    • Remove sharp objects from around the person to prevent injury
    • If possible, try to cushion their head with your hands, a pillow or any soft object to help prevent head injuries
    • Try to loosen clothing around their neck
    • Try to pay attention to the length of the seizure
    • When the seizure is over, be sure to slowly move the person onto their left side. This is VERY important to help open their airway as any swelling of the tongue from the seizure or post-seizure vomiting could obstruct their breathing
    • Recovery from the seizure will take a few minutes, but confusion and fatigue is sure to follow. Remain with that person until they are sufficiently recovered

    WHAT NOT TO DO:

    • Do not attempt to restrain the person’s body while convulsing. – This can cause injury to both yourself and the person suffering the seizure
    • Do not put anything in the person’s mouth – This is a major misconception that stems from the concern that a person with a seizure might swallow their tongue. They will not swallow their tongue
    • Do not give the person water, food or pills until they are completely recovered
    • Do not leave someone alone following the seizure until they have fully regained their bearings

    Cal 911 if you are a loved one and the seizure lasts more that five minutes or if you are a stranger and helping someone who is without family or friends.

    For those suffering from Epilepsy or a seizure disorder, always carry medical identification in the form of medical alert jewelry and medical ID card. In the event of an emergency, this will enable the people around you, especially strangers, to provide the appropriate treatment and maintain your safety in the event of a seizure.

    For more information about Epilepsy and seizure disorders, go to:

    http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org

    http://www.epilepsy.com

  • November is Epilepsy Awareness Month!

    epliepsy awareness monthEpilepsy is a disorder that causes disturbances in electrical signaling in the brain, which results in seizures. Every one of us has to wear a medical ID bracelet for one reason or another. Show some love for your fellow medical id wearers, and find out what you can do in your town to show support and raise awareness for Epilepsy! An easy way to show your support is to wear a lavender Epilepsy Awareness Ribbon on your shirt, purse, etc. Remember, what goes around comes around!

    If you're looking for a medical ID bracelet that shows your support for Epilepsy Awareness Month, consider our Lavender Lily Beaded medical bracelet.

    What color is the awareness ribbon for your ailment or condition?

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