Medical Errors: One of the leading cause of death in the United States
According to the Journal of Patient Safety in 2013, the estimates have shown 200-400,000 people died annually from medical errors. While these are deaths, there are still many people estimated 2-4 million people annually - who suffer serious consequences as a result of medical errors.
According to Tatsiana Singh (MAPSA, PA-C, Indiana State University Sycamore Center for Wellness), medication-related errors top the line and ICU patients are at the greatest risk for suffering from a medication-related error – a study that used direct observation of healthcare workers in ICU that found that 1 in 5 medicine dosages suffered from an error. Diagnosis-related errors are also very high but are just very difficult to detect in research.
Benefits of Wearing a Medical ID
Medical IDs save lives: they eliminate trips to the hospital, reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent minor emergencies from becoming major ones. In an emergency, when you might be unable to speak for yourself, a medical ID bracelet or necklace speaks for you.
Half of the medical errors occur because of mistakes made upon admission or discharge from the hospital. Wearing a medical ID protects against potentially harmful medical errors.
Prompt diagnosis is critical to effective treatment, but symptoms of common ailments can easily be misdiagnosed. A brief description of vital medical facts engraved on your medical ID ensures appropriate and timely medical care.
According to a survey, more than 95% of first respondents look for a medical ID during emergencies and more than 75% respondents look for a medical ID immediately upon assessing a patient.
Who Should Wear a Medical ID?
There are a number of reasons to wear a medical ID. People with certain medical conditions wear medical IDs to alert emergency medical professionals in an emergency. Some people purchase medical IDs engraved with their blood type, online health records, and their primary contact information. Below are some examples of conditions that warrant a medical ID:
- Allergies to Foods, Drugs or Insects
- Alzheimer's / Memory Impairment
- Blood Disorder
- Blood thinners / Anticoagulants (Coumadin/Warfarin)
- Cardiac Problems (angina, arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers)
- Children with special needs
- Clinical trial participants
- Emphysema / Breathing disorders
- Epilepsy / Seizure disorder
- Hearing, sight or mental impairment
- Kidney Failure
- Pulmonary Condition (Asthma/COPD)
- Rare diseases
- Sickle Cell Anemia
- Stroke risk
- Surgery, transplant and cancer patients
- Taking multiple medicines
- Tourette Syndrome