Medic Alerts Bracelets and Allergies

In the video shown below, one can see the third episode of Allergy Smart TV with Aaron Dwyer. In this particular episode, Dwyer explains what a child should have in case a food allergy or anaphylaxis occurs in the school. He shows the viewers two things a child should always have with him/her: Medic Alert bracelet (in this case, the one with the sports band) and a bum bag. Dwyer’s 8-year old son carries both items with him at all times, since he suffers from anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, full body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. It is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate professional medical attention, and can happen without warning.

The first must-have item is the Medic Alert bracelet. This is not your typical accessory; the bracelet includes a disc or plaque wherein the wearer’s medical conditions can be found etched or engraved on the back. The institution that provides the bracelet keeps the wearer’s profile and medical conditions on a database. Medics are trained to look for the bracelet in the event of an emergency before they administer any drug.

The second item is the bum bag, better known as a fanny pack or belt bag. This bag is important mainly because it can be used to keep other things which are essential when an anaphylactic reaction occurs. These include antihistamine, asthma inhaler, wet wipes, a MedicAlert 24-hour card (which contains medical emergency responders have to know) and 2 EpiPens.