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Medical ID Bracelet

A new patient, a young man recently diagnosed with diabetes, was aware of the problems associated with alcohol and hypoglycemia but liked to go out with friends on the weekend.  I stressed the need for a medical ID bracelet and after a couple of visits he did purchase one. It turned out this was a good call as he was at a bachelor party on a Friday night after work but got there late and after the dinner had been served. Later that evening he started feeling very weak and dizzy and ended up laying down on the floor after a couple of alcoholic drinks. His friends…

His friends put him in bed thinking he had just had too much to drink. One of them noticed that he was wearing his medical ID bracelet indicating he had diabetes and fortunately gave him a soda after realizing that his condition was due to his low blood sugar. This action prompted by the bracelet probably prevented a trip to the ER, or hospitalization.

LCS, RD, LD, CDE

Lesson Learned:

Every patient with diabetes should have an ID that they carry with them signifying that they have diabetes. However, using a bracelet or necklace with a symbol on it can make a big difference when the patient is unable to talk or notify others.

I recommend that my patients use a bracelet made by RoadID (http://www.roadid.com) as this ID bracelet contains a link to a website or toll free number where medical professionals can review the patient’s medical history, insurance info, and medications.

Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief

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