Monday, 19 November 2007

MedicAlert: It Speaks When You Can't...





Hey guys...


I thought I'd share something here today...


Now, I am sure many of you have heard of MedicAlert Foundation International, a life-saving identification service, which has gained quite some ground overseas...MedicAlert, as it is known, is actually available in Malaysia, although a lot of people don't realise it...Even many Government Hospitals don't know the contact number (or the existence!) of this service...


Anyway, I thought I'd share some information about it here, just in case any one of you out there would like to get it, either for yourself or someone you know =)




Just some background info:-



You should consider MedicAlert® if:-

1) You have any type of hidden medical condition
2) You have an allergy
3) You take regular medication
4) You have had any type of implant
5) You would like your blood group to be recorded
6) You have a living will or wish to be an organ donor


For full list, click here...






Bracelet: One of two designs available in Malaysia...




People overseas also use MedicAlert to able medical personnel to get in touch with their next-of-kin in times of emergency. Some also use it to inform authorities if they are the sole care-giver of a person (example: elderly, handicap, special-needs individual etc).

I don't know if anyone in Malaysia uses it for this (latter) purpose...




So why get MedicAlert? Because you might not be in a position to inform doctors of your medical problems (say, you fainted, or you met with an accident)...

It also saves medical personnel valuable time from finding out if you have any medical problem, eliminates unnecessary testing, and it might save your life when it comes to allergies...




The MedicAlert has your medical details, plus a serial number engraved on the back of the tag...It covers the basics like medical condition, blood group, medication and allergies...

Your full details are stored in the HQ...In Malaysia, that would be University Malaya's Medical Centre (UMMC)...All the medical personnel needs to do to access your records in an emergency is to call the emergency hotline and quote your reference number, and they can even get your doctors' contacts and next-of-kin for further reference...





I have one concern though: I wonder if medical personnel and those personnel first-on-the-scene are trained to look out for MedicAlert identification in Malaysia...

I sure hope so...





Pendant: The second design available in Malaysia...





The contact number for MedicAlert Malaysia is:-

Office: +603-79609176
Fax: +603-79601355
Emergency (24-hours) hotline: +603-79575111



For MedicAlert Malaysia, click here...

To download the form (PDF), click here...




PS: On a different note, here is an excellent website with a list of practically every imaginable drugs and supplements in existence...Visit it to know more about the stuff you are being prescribed and those you consume from Over-The-Counter (OTC)...It never hurts to know more of what you are popping into your body!




15 comments:

Anonymous said...

First time on your blog. Thanks for the info. I have been looking for some thing for my mother who has diabetes. I think medic alert is the best for her.

Jo-D said...

Hey Daphe,
I did not know there got such a service in the world. Thanks.

nstman said...

Girl, medical alert has never been publicised until now. Good work, young girl.

sharlydia said...

good info, thx for sharing!

Pi Bani said...

I never knew about this until you brought it up. They should publicise it more. Thanks for the info!

tokasid said...

Dear daphne:

This entry is an eye opener to many.
I agree, many in the hospitals are not aware of this Medic alert thing.

I was exposed to it while in Med school bcoz thats where they did the registration back then.
When I was in Taiping Hospital in 89. I encouraged many patients to get Medic Alert and fortunately the sister in my ward was very encouraging. I will call the UH to get some forms and distribute it to high risk patients esp those with multiple allergies to medications.

Not sure whether anyone continued our effort or not.

Maybe you can write about this to STAR.

Puteri said...

Yes, it is a must have for people with medical issues here. My friend's teenaged daughter is a diabetic. Her bracelet is made of pretty beads and of course with that metal badge. See, you can change the strap to look stylish! :-)

adam and eve said...

well written.am sure it's of great help to lotta people out there

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Anon 11.03am,

Glad to be of help, eventhough a tiny one =) Good luck with your mum's diabetes. I happen to think it is the best for her, too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Jo-D,

Again, glad to help!

Hi NSTman,

I'm not sure about how much MedicAlert has been publicised...But thanks anyhow...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Sharlydia,

You are welcome!

Hi Kak Pi,

Glad to help as much as I can =)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Doc,

I wish there were more doctors like you who will think of their patient's welfare after they leave the hospital...

I hope more doctors, nurses, social workers, and all medical personnel will help to publicise about MedicAlert, because, I think it is a great idea...It just might save you right? You never know...

Re Star, haha! Up to them lar, this one...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

In USA, Canada, UK etc, the MedicAlert tags come in soooo many different forms...Even in the form of a watch!

In Malaysia, takda ler...Have to modify yourself if you want ;) Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Adam and Eve,

Thank you...=) I'm sure the tag is of great help to many too! Hehe...

Anonymous said...

hi Daphne, The MedicAlert really can save life. I'm 1 of the more allergenic pepole in the world. i'm allegry to a lot-lot of things. Penicillin, drug, NSAID group, sulfur base drug, iodine, seafood, pollen etc. i was involved in 1 accident somewhere 5 years back. i fot my medic alert bracelet since i was young. but when i grow up, i dont want to wear it. it look like no fashion to me. but 1 day i decide to wear it when i when to Seatle to visit my family. bang, i crash in accident. i'm lucky coz medic alert save me that time. when the consultant decide to to ct with iodine injection, the RN in A&E told them that i cant die if they administered the iodine. true enough. they just fut 1 drop on my skin, the whole body got rashes. they called medic alert in malaysia to find out my history before they start routine treatment. everybody who have allergic or any medical condition should consider this bracelet. u can make it in gold form.