Why I bought a medical alert ID bracelet after my last episode of Vertigo

Everyone told me I should get a medical alert ID; my physician, friends and family. I really did not think it was necessary; after all, I only have Vertigo.

Then one afternoon I was at the grocery store and as I was putting my groceries in the car, Vertigo hit me and I passed out in the parking lot.

When I came to, people were standing all around me making comments. I started crying, becoming hysterical. I kept trying to tell them, somewhat incoherently, to call 911… that I have Vertigo.

When the first responders showed up, I had calmed down enough to tell them about my medical condition and they took me to the hospital.

It was surreal.  I was that person everyone was standing around starring at, as I lay in the parking lot.  People making comments about “that poor lady.”  Some thought I was drunk, others thought I was on drugs.  “Even the police initially speculated that it might be a drug issue.”

After that incident, I bought my medical alert ID bracelet.

 Purple Sport - Vertigo

 “Thank you Universal Medical Data.  I should have done this six months ago after my last episode of Vertigo.”

MM, Silver Springs MD

 

Don’t be unknown, wearing a medical alert ID can save your life!

Universal Medical Data provides personalized Medical Alert ID Bracelets, Medical ID Dog Tags & free wallet Emergency Medical Cards designed to “save your life” in an Emergency.

UMD receives patent approval on our innovative design! Read all about it!

Universal Medical Data is proud to announce our award on final patent approvals for the design of our hologram medical alert ID bracelet with an integrated Chip On Board (COB) USB device.  The bracelet has been specially designed with a hologram Star of Life symbol, universally recognized by emergency responders to alert them that critical medical information exists for that individual.  The 2 GB USB is designed to hold all of your Personal Health Records and is easily concealed within the bracelet pocket for ready access when you need it most!

Having immediate access to your most critical medical information can Save Your Life!

Conveniently carry your Personal Health Records!

5 Ways to Give the Gift of “Peace of Mind” This Holiday

5 Ways to Give the Gift of “Peace of Mind” This Holiday

This holiday season, when thinking about that perfect gift for family members, relatives and loved ones, consider providing them with the timeless and invaluable gift of “Peace of Mind”.

“Peace of Mind” comes in many shapes and forms. Here at Universal Medical Data we provide the “Peace of Mind” that comes with knowing your medical information is up-to-date and accessible should you need it in an emergency situation.

Here are the 5 top ways that you should give the gift of “Peace of Mind” this holiday:

1)     Use Medical Alert Jewelry in conjunction with a Personal Health Record.

Did you know that errors in medical diagnosis and treatment result in an estimated 98,000 deaths and 1.3 million injuries annually? Improving communication to medical personnel during a medical emergency significantly reduces deaths and injuries due to medical error.

Using our Medical Alert Jewelry in conjunction with our customized Personal Health Record helps prevent you or a loved one from becoming a statistic.

2)     Customize and update your Personal Health Record.

Did you know that by wearing Medical Alert jewelry and by carrying your Personal Health Record with you at all times, Emergency Medical Responders can start treating you instantly, without hesitation? This will give your family “Peace of Mind” knowing that should you be in an accident or become incapacitated that you can still be treated properly.

With a Personal Health Record, all of your medical information including medications, allergies, conditions, emergency contacts, and become available at a moment’s notice. This ensures that Emergency Medical Responders have all of the information necessary to make a correct assessment about you and your health in a medical emergency.

3)     Explore multiple options depending on your medical condition and those of your loved ones.

We have found that no single solution can cover all medical emergency situations. That is why Universal Medical Data is the only company that offers you the most options to protect you in every situation.

4)     Give “Peace of Mind” through fashionable Medical Alert Jewelry.

Our Medical Alert product line includes colorful bracelets, necklaces, key chains and many others. All items feature the “Star of Life”– a universal symbol used to alert Emergency Medical Responders to special medical conditions. The product line can be custom engraved and personalized to display the message you wish to convey.

5)     Provide a gift card to the person who wants to take control of their medical data.

Universal Medical Data offers gift cards for the person or persons in your life who want the “Peace of Mind” that comes with knowing their medical data will be accessible should they need it.

For your convenience, a traditionally mailed Gift Card or our e-Gift Cards are available on our web site. Gift cards do not expire.

Universal Medical Data provides you with the ability to create, manage, store and access your medical information. We put you in control. You decide what information you maintain as well as how, when and who has access to a Personal Health Record.

By combining this information with our array of Medical Alert products, you carry the Peace of Mind that in case of an accident, a medical emergency or should you become incapacitated and unresponsive, anyone with this information at hand will be able to more quickly and efficiently respond to your care. Explore our complete catalog of products here.

Happy Holidays from Universal Medical Data!

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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

American Diabetes Awareness MonthAmerican Diabetes Awareness Month was created by the American Diabetes Association, whose mission is to raise awareness of this ever-growing disease, with programs designed to focus the nation’s attention on the issues surrounding diabetes and the millions of people who are impacted daily by the disease.

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.

What causes it? The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

Prevalence

There are 20.8 million people in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes.

Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050, and an additional 79 million Americans are at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

Cost of Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association estimates that the total national cost of diagnosed diabetes in the United States is $174 billion.

Further published studies suggest that when additional costs for gestational diabetes, pre-diabetes and undiagnosed diabetes are included, the total diabetes-related costs in the U.S. could exceed $218 billion.

Diabetes is a serious disease.  If it isn’t managed, it can damage many parts of the body, leading to heart attacks, strokes, amputation, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage.

But there is good news: diabetes complications can be prevented or delayed by properly managing blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Eating healthy, being physically active and quitting smoking also can help lower the risk of diabetes complications.

Diabetes medical alert ID braceletWhy Those Diagnosed With Diabetes Need to Wear a Medical Alert Bracelet

People living with diabetes often wear medical alert ID jewelry to notify emergency care professionals of their condition.

According to the American Diabetes Association:

“Many people with diabetes, particularly those who use insulin, should have a medical ID with them at all times.  In the event of a severe hypoglycemic episode, a car accident, or other emergency, the medical ID can provide critical information about the person’s health status.”

While medical alert jewelry may help save your life in the case of an emergency, however the information is limited to the space on a bracelet.

When the bracelet is used in conjunction with an online personal health record, medical professionals will have access to your complete medical history at the touch of a button, making treatment much more effective and reducing the chances of errors due to unknown conditions or drug interactions.

Universal Medical Data provides the most comprehensive products and services of medical alert jewelry.

Contact Universal Medical Data to learn more about the importance of medical alert jewelry or shop online to select the medical alert bracelet for you.

Scuba Diving? Don’t Forget a Medical ID Bracelet

Preparing for a scuba diving trip requires the rental or purchase of a long list of equipment, including a mask, fins, snorkel, regulator and buoyancy compensator vest. While you compile the items for your trip, it’s important to remember to also pack some sort of identification to take down in the water with you in the case that an emergency occurs. A medical ID bracelet, which is attached to your body under your wetsuit, is the perfect solution.

Scuba diving is a high risk sport with hazards that could be life-threatening. The following are a few examples of common hazards associated with scuba diving:

Decompression Sickness or “The Bends”: When there is an increase in underwater pressure, the tissues of the body increase their absorption of nitrogen. If the underwater pressure is suddenly lessened, harmful nitrogen bubbles will form and various conditions can occur, including aching joints, skin rash, paralysis or even death. Nitrogen narcosis is also another danger. If one takes in too much nitrogen, it can impair judgment and sensory perception.

Pulmonary Embolism: The high pressure underwater makes gas extremely dense, which can be a problem when a diver breathes it into their lungs. During a rapid ascent, the lungs can swell and, in extreme cases, pop.

Wildlife: The ocean is an animal’s territory, so it’s important to be mindful of this. While incidents with underwater animals are rare, you should always treat them with the utmost respect.

Malfunctioning Equipment: Because many scuba divers rent equipment, it is very important that they check each piece before their dive. If you have a bad regulator, you run the risk of drowning. If you’re depth gauge is malfunctioning, you can easily get the bends. Faulty equipment can be dangerous, so always request a replacement if you notice anything wrong.

A medical ID bracelet from Universal Medical Data is a great safety tool. Available in numerous waterproof styles, including stainless steel and rubber, a medical ID bracelet is perfect for diving. Please call Universal Medical Data today at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online to learn more about a medical ID bracelet for your next diving trip.

Why Gastric Bypass Surgery Patients Should Wear a Medical Bracelet

Gastric bypass surgery is an operation used to treat morbid obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and other conditions. If you have had the surgery to improve your health, it is important to wear a medical bracelet in case you find yourself in an emergency situation. If you are injured and unable to communicate, you will have to have another way of providing essential medical information to technicians in order to receive proper treatment.

After gastric bypass surgery:

  1. Limit exposure to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin and ibuprofen. These types of drugs are known to cause irritation to the pouch. You should have “No NSAIDS” engraved on your medical ID to alert technicians as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used for treatment.
  2. You should not have a blind NG tube inserted because your stomach will be shaped differently than a normal stomach. The walls of your new pouch are sensitive and can become damaged if the tube is not inserted extremely carefully. “No Blind NG Tube” should be engraved on your medical ID to alert medical technicians of this.
  3. Avoid eating foods with simple sugars, such as candy and soda, as these can lead to dumping syndrome.  This occurs when undigested food in your stomach moves too quickly through the stomach and into your small bowel, creating symptoms such as shaking, sweating, abdominal cramps, nausea and severe diarrhea. “No Sugars” should be engraved on your medical ID.

Gastric bypass surgery has helped people around the world to lead much healthier lifestyles. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that you will need more specialized care when it comes to any other medical treatment. Because gastric bypass patients need more careful attention, it’s important that physicians are notified so they can provide a treatment that is best suited for the condition, especially in an emergency situation. Having medical ID will ensure that you get the proper treatment immediately without any unnecessary complications. Keep yourself safe by browsing our online catalog for a wide range of stylish medical identification jewelry. Please call Universal Medical Data today at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online to place an order.

 

 

The History of Medical Alert Bracelets

Today, medical identification jewelry is worn by people around the world for a wide variety of medical conditions, such as diabetes, food allergies and heart conditions. They are a simple, but lifesaving tool that alerts paramedics immediately if there is a condition they need to take into consideration when treating a patient in an emergency situation.

Medical alert bracelets first came into existence in 1963.  The American Medical Association designed a symbol to represent individuals with medical conditions so that paramedics could recognize it in the event of an emergency where the individual could not communicate.

The symbol was distributed throughout the United States and quickly made its way around the world. Manufacturers originally made basic, stainless steel medical bracelets that were available in only three styles: one for men, one for women and one for children. In the late 1970s, the bracelets started to become more stylish thanks to advancements in computer technologies. These new technologies included engraving techniques that allowed bracelets to be made with more traditional jewelry materials, making the unattractive medical bracelets a thing of the past. With the explosion of the internet in the 90s, there has been a huge growth in the number of medical alert jewelry manufacturers, each making it their mission to keep individuals with medical conditions safe at all times.

Medical identification jewelry is as important as carrying  a medical card, which individuals typically carry in their wallets or purses. In an emergency, a medical card can provide additional life-saving information where not possible with a jewelry item alone.  Medical jewelry can be easily seen by medical personnel, who are trained to look for bracelets and necklaces with the medical alert symbol.

Medical identification jewelry is a beneficial tool for any individual suffering from a medical condition. Having medical information on you at all times will allow medical technicians to work as quickly as possible to provide you with lifesaving treatment in the event of an emergency situation. Keep yourself safe by browsing our online catalog for a wide range of stylish medical identification jewelry. Please call Universal Medical Data today at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online to place an order.

Universal Medical Data Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On October 1st, the celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month will begin to promote education, prevention and finding a cure. Pink ribbons as well as pink clothing, accessories and medical identification jewelry are worn to show support for individuals with the disease and those who survived it. Among women in the United States, breast cancer is the most common non-skin cancer and is the leading cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55.

The first step in prevention is to consider your lifestyle and determine if you need to make some changes to get healthier. In order to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, consider the following:

  • Limit Alcohol Intake. Alcohol increases your risk for developing breast cancer, so if you choose to drink, the most you should allow yourself is one drink per day.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight. Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables as part of a well-balanced diet is important as being overweight increases your risk of developing the disease.
  • Exercise. Working out on a regular basis will help you to maintain a healthy weight, as mentioned above, which is an important step in prevention. You should complete 150 minutes of moderate exercise, such as swimming, per week or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise, such as running, per week.

In addition to making lifestyle changes, it’s also essential that you catch breast cancer as early as possible.  While breast lumps are common in women in their 20s to early 50s, approximately 90 percent are noncancerous. Although this is the case, it is always best to err on the side of caution and get it checked out.

Make an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of the following:

  • A new breast lump that doesn’t go away after your next period
  • An existing breast lump that has grown larger
  • Skin changes on your breast, such as redness or dimpling

Making breast cancer prevention a priority will help us to stop the disease in its tracks and save our mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Universal Medical Data, a medical identification jewelry and personal health record company with a dedication to saving lives, has silicone USB bracelets and silicone sports bands, all in the color pink.  For the month of October, purchase any of our pink medical alert bracelets  and we will donate 15% of all proceeds to Susan G. Komen For The Cure!    Please call Universal Medical Data at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online to place an order for medical identification jewelry today.

 

The Risk of Medical Jewelry Oversight by EMT’s

Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are taught to recognize the Star of Life, the universal symbol for emergency medical service. Used on ambulances and hospitals, the Star of Life is also featured on most medical jewelry, indicating the wearer has a medical condition requiring immediate attention, especially in an emergency situation.

Although paramedics and emergency responders are trained to look for the Star of Life on medical jewelry, newer styles of bracelets and necklaces are being designed to look like average, everyday jewelry. The problem with ‘designer’ medical alert bracelets this is that the medical information is well disguised and runs a much higher risk of being overlooked in an emergency situation. Additionally, new types of medical jewelry have become increasingly complicated, including locking mechanisms and more which may confuse or frustrate first responders and delay medical care.

Medical jewelry is meant to provide life-saving information, when it is needed most make sure it can be easily spotted and recognized. To avoid oversight mistakes, consider the following when purchasing medical jewelry:

  • Star of Life: Search for a bracelet or necklace with a Star of Life on it, as this is the most obvious signal that the jewelry contains important medical information. The Star of Life is most commonly blue, so getting a device with a blue star will further decrease the odds of your device being overlooked.
  • Visibility: Where are you wearing your medical jewelry? Owning a medical alert ID isn’t enough; you must also wear it and ensure it is at least semi-visible.  Emergency medical personnel are trained to search the wrists, around the neck and in the wallet for important medical information. If you are unable to speak and therefore unable to inform the first responders of your medical jewelry, they should be able to see it themselves and not have to spend valuable time searching for it.
  • Color: Bright colors attract attention and many styles of medical jewelry utilize bright color schemes while remaining viable as an everyday accessory.

The intention of medical jewelry  is to alert a paramedic, physician, emergency department personnel, or other first responders of your medical conditions even if the wearer is not conscious enough, or old enough, to explain the situation. For assistance with medical jewelry inscription, consult the article What Do I Engrave On My Medical ID Bracelet, call Universal Medical Data at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online and we will be happy to help you develop the wording for your medical jewelry.

What Do I Engrave on my Medical ID Bracelet?

A question we hear often at Universal Medical Data is, “What do I engrave on my medical id bracelet?” No single answer exists because a medical alert bracelet’s inscription is designed to be completely customizable to your medical needs, but there are certain elements of an inscription that are useful to emergency response personnel. The following are suggestions and tips that many past Universal Medical Data subscribers have embraced when determining what to engrave on a medical alert bracelet:

  • Condition Information: List all significant medical conditions including allergies.
  • Medication: If you rely on medication, such as an EpiPen, to counteract a reaction, make it known by stating “Give EpiPen” or “Need EpiPen”. Diabetics using insulin and any patient using a blood thinner should give notice as well.  Be sure to precede your medication or allergy listing with the word “taking” or “allergy”.  This will make it clear that you are taking Penicillin rather than have an allergy to it.
  • Emergency Contact Information: An emergency contact name is not required, but can be included. The letters “ICE”, meaning “In Case of Emergency” followed by a 10 digit phone number is commonly used by patients and recognized by medical professionals to help notify someone if you are in the hospital.
  • Limit character use: Each additional character, comma, period and dash on each line of the medical id bracelet makes the font size smaller and harder to read, use characters sparingly.

Not all patients with medical id bracelets have chronic conditions however; those that do may find  it difficult to engrave the information as it is ever changing. Universal Medical Data understands this problem and as a result, each stand-alone purchase of a medical id bracelet, necklace or wristband also includes a free Med-Info card. The Med-Info card contains detailed personal information, emergency contact information, physician information, medical conditions, current medications and even allergies. Many patients who utilize this card will inscribe “see wallet card” or “see Med-Info card” on to their medical id bracelet which allows for  reprinting the card as conditions change while keeping the same medical alert bracelet.

Browse Universal Medical Data’s collection of medical alert bracelets, necklaces and more in our complete product catalog and find the device that fits your needs. Call Universal Medical Data with any questions, comments or concerns at (800) 319-0199 or contact us online for more information.

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