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A new piece of jewelry

My medic alert bracelet arrived today. If I’m ever in an accident or unconscious, paramedics/doctors can see I’m on an anticoagulant and can get easy access to all my relevant medical details. I do have emergency details in my phone but I may not always have that on me. At least this is bright and shiny 😄

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I think that's spot on. Ladies don't want to wear something so functional that it looks as if it's ostentatiously saying 'I've got something wrong with me'. At the same time you don't want something so pretty that paramedics will take no notice of it.

Have you had it engraved? We had a useful post about this not very long ago but it was removed.

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Yes, I have AF, MAT and On Anticoagulant and my Medic Alert Membership number engraved on it. When I put my application in I received a phone call from them asking if I wanted to put my specific anticoagulant name but I said no as it keeps changing.

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How very wise you are. I have a Warfarin bracelet which I now cannot wear. And perhaps one should have Coumadin added as well if one travels. But you don't want to arrive at hospital and find someone thinks your name is Rivaroxaban Xarelto and hear them start with 'Do you speak English?'

Seriously though, I have just had a long discussion with my other half about how one would be treated if one was on a NOAC and one's bracelet declared one to be anticoagulated. I am assuming that vitamin K would not given until a test establishes INR and something faster acting is likely to be available.

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😂😂 with what some people name their babies nowadays I guess we could have a Xarelto or Rivaroxiban- Riva for short.

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If not Roxi......

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Kaz747. Please may I ask as to where you purchased your bracelet from?. I have been looking for one just like that...hope that you don't mind me asking..Thanks😊😊😊

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Me too please

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I’m in Australia and bought it online from the Medic Alert Foundation. Apparently there are 40 countries with similar schemes. You pay an annual membership, buy whichever alert suits you and they engrave it and send it to you. All your details and stored in case of emergency and you can update your details on line (eg medication change, additional specialists, change of address). It’s well worth it.

Here’s the Aussie site

medicalert.org.au

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I have a silicon wrist band that says Medical Alert Taking Anticoagulants. I also have a list of medicines, allergic reactions and details of my next of kin, and an outline of my will in my wallet. When I was admitted to hospital a year ago to have my appendix removed I told them my INR was, 2.6 as I self test and had done a recent test. They did their own test but did put me on Vitamin K also,. I had bags of it, plus an injection of something to recoagulate me.

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Hi everybody. I am planning to order one --- is it better to have a BRACELET or a NECKLACE with your information? Which place are the paramedics and doctors in the ER most likely to look first??

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I believe they’d check for both. It really depends on what you are comfortable wearing.

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I have all my details, next of kin, medication and health problems on my phone ICE. in my case in contacts, at the top is a little ice warning symbol and its stored there

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Yes I do too.

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I think we should keep this in perspective - The USA and Australia are huge countries with vast areas for emergency response teams to attend so signing up for a medical alert bracelet or necklace is definitely a good idea - however, how many times might one of us be on our own and in need and if we were, how long would it take to get to a hospital? I have an armed forces type ID necklace with the word DIABETIC on it, however after dieting and fitness I am diabetic - diet controlled, which is a totally different situation for an ambulance team. I have recently had open heart surgery with triple bypass and on a menu of tablets which will, I believe be reviewed on the years anniversary and will then be set in stone. After that no doubt will be the right time to update the information on the disk. Like many here, I also have SOS on my phone but to be fair, sometimes forget to take it or perhaps don't want to take it with me. I for one would opt for a necklace or bracelet and would buy one from a jeweller or anywhere else they are sold and have it engraved accordingly - just like a 60's identity bracelet. Then the jobs done with no yearly fees and cost of a naff (with respects) bracelet. Then I can go for any metal I choose to enhance what ever I wear. There are actually SOS bracelets available here that do exactly the same thing without annual fees, you just fill in the details on a piece of paper in the bracelet.

Hope that helps a wee bit

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