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#1 AckDreams



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Posted 06 March 2011 - 12:05 AM

What's the ideal thing to have printed on a medical bracelet that will keep strangers from calling an ambulance for simple cataplexy???

Most people don't know what narcolepsy or cataplexy are, would it be best to just have it say "
prone to fainting" or "epilepsy" since those words are more well known?

#2 axe



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Posted 07 March 2011 - 12:41 PM

Hi AckDreams,

I am a retired Paramedic so I have some knowledge of this problem.

Putting [Epilepsy] or [Prone to Fainting] on a medical ID bracelet could be misleading to medical personell and is apt to get you injections of medicines such as Valium, Narcan, Dextrose, etc. which may be a good idea for the common causes of unconsciousness but may interfere with your prescription meds. The most common thing to have on a Medical ID when the condition is uncommon or not likely to be understood is, [Check Card in Wallet]. These are available pre-inscribed from most vendors.

It can also be dangerous for someone to assume that all causes of unresponsiveness in someone who has N is due to C or a sleep attack. Just because you have N with C does not mean that you can not have a heart attack, stroke, accident, etc. that can cause you to be unconscious and need immediate medical attention.

You should have your doctor help you compose a brief statement about Narcolepsy and what the preferred course of action is for the card.

Sleep well,
Live better,