Issue 16 / 29 April 2019

MedicAlert® offers peace of mind for patients with allergy in a medical emergency

AUSTRALIA and New Zealand have among the highest prevalence of allergy rates of high income countries. An ASCIA-Access Economic Report estimated that almost 20% of Australians had experienced at least one allergic disease. Food allergies occur in around 5–10% of children and 2–4% of adults, with life-threatening food allergy rates having doubled in the past 10 years.

The most common triggers of food allergy are eggs, cow’s milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, wheat and seafood. As a health professional, you would have seen many mild to severe allergic reactions in patients. For many diagnosed patients, an avoidance strategy is an essential part of the overall management plan. However, this doesn’t take into account unplanned emergencies.

That’s why MedicAlert is an essential part of any long term management plan.

While the severity of allergy symptoms varies from patient to patient, all allergy symptoms can affect airways, nasal passages and digestive systems. In severe cases, allergies can trigger a life threatening anaphylaxis reaction.

Here’s how a MedicAlert ID could save a patient’s life.

Identifying the allergens causing the symptoms is a critical part of treating allergic diseases. In some cases, this may be obvious; however, in many cases, as a health professional you will need to consider a patient’s medical history. In more severe allergic reactions, a patient’s breathing or speech may be impaired, making the patient unable to communicate in what could quickly become a life-threatening situation.

In the event that a patient is unable to communicate, a MedicAlert ID would “communicate” for them. This simply means the patient’s medical history becomes instantly accessible to health care professionals at the scene by calling the MedicAlert Emergency Response Service. Having 24/7 access to a patient’s medical history could be critical should a life-threatening allergic reaction occur.

MedicAlert has over 55 000 allergies listed in its database, with the highest being penicillin.

MedicAlert is recommended by the World Allergy Organization, with 27% of our members having an allergy of some kind and 38% of members having already joined due to recommendation by a GP.

So, what is MedicAlert?

MedicAlert members are Australians living with a health condition that requires medication and health management. It empowers members by enabling them to take control of their health records and provide protection in an emergency. Membership is open to adults and children, with a great range of kids’ bracelets designed to help parents feel safer knowing that their child’s health condition is easily identifiable on the playground, in the classroom or away on school camp.

Record your patients’ allergies in a secure electronic health record, accessible 24/7

Having documented a patient’s allergies and created a personal secure health record, patients with allergies can be treated quickly, correctly and, most importantly, safely.

With MedicAlert, medical professionals can access a patient’s profile 24/7 to view information such as health conditions and required medications. MedicAlert also has trained health care professionals validating all entries, so trained staff can understand your patient’s medical situation without queries or confusion.

Here are a few examples of when an ID can be extremely beneficial, highlighting allergies to:

  • nuts, eggs, gluten, fish and dairy;
  • bees, wasps, dogs and cats;
  • dust, grass, mould and pollen;
  • penicillin, morphine, ceclor and sulfa antibiotics; and/or
  • latex and perfume.

If you regularly see patients who have a serious allergy, discuss MedicAlert as a vital element of their overall management plan and ask them to consider a MedicAlert membership.

Register now to stay up to date with industry news and MedicAlert innovations.

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