Dr. Scott Youngquist identifies the three types of people who need to wear these bracelets and the potentially life-saving information it provides to doctors.">

Aug 31, 2017 — A medical alert bracelet is a small tag that can notify doctors of important health conditions you may have in times when you can’t tell them yourself. On today's Health Minute, emergency room physician Dr. Scott Youngquist identifies the three types of people who need to wear these bracelets and the potentially life-saving information it provides to doctors.

Interview

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Interviewer: MedicAlert bracelets, who should wear one and what's the benefit? Dr. Scott Youngquist is an emergency room physician, what do you say?

Dr. Youngquist: Three cases, one is the diabetic patient. Number two is someone with severe allergies and number three, someone with a rare condition. In the case of diabetes, it's very common for a diabetic to experience hypoglycemia or low blood sugar and they can become comatose and not be able to tell anyone that they have diabetes.

The second one is someone who's got severe allergies. Again, if they're in a traffic collision, have some head trauma and can't tell anyone about their allergies, we want to avoid administering medications that might make their condition worse.

And in the third instance, there are patients who have rare conditions, not well known by health care providers or not well understood, that require us to look up a few things before we treat the victim.

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