MedicAlert Awareness Month 2021
Most inventions are born out of necessity and such is the case with the MedicAlert bracelet. August is MedicAlert Awareness Month and knowing how many lives this little invention has saved over the years makes this an important cause for us.
The MedicAlert bracelet was invented in 1956 by Dr. Marion Collins in Turlock, California out of personal necessity for his daughter Linda. When Linda was 14 years old, she needed stitches for a cut on her finger. As a normal course of action, the attending physician administered a tetanus shot which caused Linda to go into anaphylactic shock. Luckily, she survived and made a full recovery.
The first generation MedicAlert bracelet was a simple piece of paper that Dr. Collins attached to his daughter's wrist whenever she traveled that listed her allergies. In preparation for Linda going to college, Dr. Collins recognized that a more durable solution was needed, so he commissioned a jeweler to create the world's first medical identification bracelet for his daughter.
Realizing the potential of his idea, Dr. Collins said, “I think I can save more lives with MedicAlert than I ever can with my scalpel.” Dr. Collins and his wife Chrissie created the MedicAlert Foundation in 1956 and created the country's first universal symbol of medical identification. Their mission then is the same as it is today: "to save and protect lives by sharing vital medical information in our members’ moments of need."
By alerting first responders and emergency medical personnel to a person’s allergies or chronic medical conditions, Dr. Collins knew he could improve the ability of first responders to provide fast, accurate care. This means that you, along with your family and friends, can live your life with confidence knowing that MedicAlert is always by your side, providing:
- Internationally recognized Medical IDs
- An online Emergency Health Record that members can maintain and access from anywhere, at any time
- 24/7 Emergency Response Team with access to members' health records and trained to provide critical information to first responders
The heightened awareness of MedicAlert during the month of August gives everyone an opportunity to consider this potentially life-saving device for their aging family members. For more information, we encourage you to visit www.medicalert.org.
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