Not so long ago, the only way to alert others of a medical condition during an emergency was with a medical alert bracelet. Not to say there is anything wrong with these now, it’s always a great idea in the case of life threatening medical conditions, like allergies or asthma, but now there are many options for adults and children. Here is a brief rundown of just a few of them:
Invisible Bracelet: www.invisiblebracelet.org
“The program is a partnership between Docvia LLC of Tulsa, Okla., and the American Ambulance Association, a trade association, and it allows members for $10 a year to upload personal medical data to a secure website and receive a personal identification number. Members get cards to place behind their driver’s license, key fobs and stickers that can be put on anything, like a bike helmet, that show their identification number and the website address.”
Alert Clothing: www.alertclothingcompany.com
“Tee shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags stating Food Allergy Alert. ALERT Clothing Company was founded by Rebecca Nelson in 2005 as a means to ensure that caregivers had knowledge of her children’s severe food allergies, and to take care in exposure to food that could cause a potential severe allergic reaction. As a mother of 3, with 2 having severe reactions to peanuts, soy, eggs, dairy and certain meat proteins, Rebecca was trying to think of a way to make sure that anyone who was either monitoring or had responsibility of her children knew of these allergies. Great for wearing on a field trip or on an outing with friends.”
Allergy Labels: www.namebubbles.com
Personalized durable labels for anything, from waterproof and water resistant to plastic items to clothing. These labels are great for lunchboxes, water bottles, backpacks, even clothing. Can use the stickers on permission slips and party RSVP’s. Can be custom designed to state personal allergies and emergency contact information. Attractive labels and stickers with bright colors and fun icons that kids will surely love.
Medical alert information can be found on t-shirts, stickers, jewelry, keychains, lunch boxes – the possibilities are endless. For the creative minded, make your own labels and stickers that can be at the ready for school forms and new situations that your children may be entering. I love the reminder on RSVP cards and permission slips. If it is on a bright sticker, it will be more attention getting than simply handwritten on the form. No longer are the bracelets the only way of getting information across.