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Why are medical IDs still so important in the 21st Century?

Best Practice Birmingham 2022 Programme


Why are medical IDs still so important in the 21st Century?

12 Oct 2022
Best Practice Workshop Theatre

You will hear from the MedicAlert CEO and Trustees, one who is a Registered Nurse and one is an A&E Consultant, on how MedicAlert can help support you and your patient, and keep them safe in a medical emergency. This will also be demonstrated in a case study that shows how MedicAlert helps transform lives.

In today's fast paced world, the acceleration of everything digital has increased our reliance on technology to manage our day-to-day activities. Many digital solutions have evolved to help us manage all aspects of life, including health and medical conditions, all available on our phones in the form of apps. How do these digital solutions help in a medical emergency? Do they give medically vulnerable patients a false sense of security? Would a medical professional try to access a phone on the off-chance there might be something useful there? Unlikely.

That’s why traditional medical ID's are so important. At MedicAlert, we believe anyone who is living with a medical condition, who would be at greater risk in a medical emergency, should always wear a medical ID. Worn on the pulse points, medical ID jewellery provides the key information, whilst the full record can be obtained quickly by phone, if required, so paramedics and doctors can make appropriate care decisions based on needs, giving both you and your patients peace of mind, should a medical emergency occur.

Kirsten Giles, CEO - The MedicAlert Foundation
Masha Finn, Consultant, Emergency Medicine; Clinical Governance Lead; Lead Medical Examiner, Brighton & Sussex University - Trustee, The MedicAlert Foundation
Shirley Hall, Head of Wellbeing, Research and Innovation, The ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Trustee, The MedicAlert Foundation - The MedicAlert Foundation