Years 7-10 Lesson The MedicAlert Foundation www.medicalert.org.uk
MedicAlert is: • The only registered Charity providing emergency medical identification • Founded in the UK in 1964 • 290,000 Members in UK & Ireland • Free/sponsored Membership available to people who can’t afford the £25 annual membership
What is emergency medical identification? • Some people have hidden medical conditions, allergies or advance wishes about their care. • Emergency identification means that people can carry this information around with them on a bracelet, sports band, watch or neklet. • Some information is engraved on the back of the Emblem. • More information can be retrieved by calling the emergency line number, also engraved on the back of the Emblem.
Who would look at a MedicAlert Emblem? • Ambulance Staff • Doctors and Nurses • GPs • Pharmacists • Dentists • Police • Fire-fighters • First Aiders • ANYONE ASSISTING SOMEONE WEARING AN EMBLEM IN AN EMERGENCY
MedicAlert Emblems • All have the International symbol for medicine on the front – a snake wrapped around a staff • Come in the form of bracelets, necklets, sports bands and watches
Case study: Desmond, 32 year old man with Epilepsy and Asthma • Diagnosed with Epilepsy as a 3 year old • He wore a bracelet from the age of 10 with his conditions on the back • When Desmond was 29 he had a seizure while he was driving and crashed his car • The ambulance came, saw his Emblem and knew about his conditions. They treated him immediately for his hidden conditions and his injuries and called his family to let them know what had happened • His Emblem may have saved his life
Case study: Becky,15 year old with diabetes • Becky was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5. She wore a kids band MedicAlert Emblem every day throughout primary school and her parents bought her a silver bracelet Emblem when she moved to secondary school. • Becky was running late for school one morning last year and didn’t have time to eat breakfast. • Later that morning Becky fainted in her Geography lesson. • Becky’s geography teacher didn’t know about MedicAlert, but Becky’s best friend told him about her bracelet and he turned it over and knew immediately that she was diabetic.
Becky’s teacher knew how serious it was for a diabetic to collapse so called an ambulance and told the paramedics about her Emblem. • The paramedics called the emergency line and got her details while they were on their way to the school, and called Becky’s mum using the information from her file. • Becky’s mum told them that Becky hadn’t eaten breakfast that morning. • When the paramedics arrived they were able to treat Becky immediately with the glucose that she needed to come round. • Becky felt much better and was able to stay at school for the rest of the day. She was very glad that she didn’t have to go to hospital.
What can you do? • Wear an Emblem if you have a hidden medical condition or allergy. • Recommend wearing an Emblem to friends or family. • If you ever come across someone in an emergency situation, check their wrists and neck for an Emblem. If you find one tell one of the emergency professionals when they arrive.
Any questions? For further information, please go to the website: www.medicalert.org.uk or contact 0800 581 420 firstname.lastname@example.org