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Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 3:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b] was this self-inflicted? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] I can't imagine medical personnel (at least where I work) suggesting having such information tatooed on themselves. I mean, *wow* if I could [i]even[/i] find a tatoo parlor I trusted. But that might just be me and my own personal quirks.
I mean, all that aside, [i]what if information changes[/i]? I've not always had things diagnosed correctly............
do insurance companies cover this..........? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Definitely just a personal decision - and I don't think it was covered. (But then, neither is my medic-alert bracelet.)
I know one guy that had an allergy tattooed on his arm said that it was because with his work he had to remove his bracelet, and he usually forgot to put it back on.
Anyway, I'm not recommending this - just saying, some people chose to do it. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
If information changes - maybe they can get it changed to a flower. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 4:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by AnnaMarie:
[b] Definitely just a personal decision - and I don't think it was covered. (But then, neither is my medic-alert bracelet.)
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oh, I just meant in that it involved a body altering process, KWIM? Like cosmetic surgery. My child's medical bracelet doesn't involve any bodily modifications...

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 4:52am
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A friend of mine who is an EMT tells me a tattoo would garner much more attention than a medic-alert pendant/bracelet. They aren't looking for jewelry when someone is in distress, but something written right on the skin *would* be noticed.
I'm not going to have my health info tattooed on my skin. I fear big brother too much. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
ygg

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 5:20am
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LOL!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I'll remember this thread when I feel the urge to "get some ink." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Anyway... back on task. (shaking finger sternly.)
I don't see any reason why you couldn't WRITE on the back of the car seat with a Sharpie marker or better yet, a VWR lab marker. (The latter is impervious to many solvents, unlike the Sharpie.) That way you aren't applying adhesives or anything. This is usually how we mark bike helmets and tote bags and swim goggles and stuff.
Ink.... LOL!! Now I just have to think of something pithy to say.

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 8:40am
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Teddyally- the window sticker from medic alert was included when the bracelet arrived. It is a vinyl type 'cling' sticker and can be removed and replaced on another window.

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 9:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by krasota:
[b]A friend of mine who is an EMT tells me a tattoo would garner much more attention than a medic-alert pendant/bracelet. They aren't looking for jewelry when someone is in distress, but something written right on the skin *would* be noticed.
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oh, I don't know. nipple rings might. get noticed, I mean. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
anywhoooooooooo, my husband *is* a paramedic/firefighter and he notices quite a few medical jewelry items, (particularly when they *look* like medical jewelry with familiar emblems. Can't speak for other parameds/ff's, but he looks for them. As do I, an RN. I notice them particularly when they are on the wrist or neck. On the wrist, because, absent a traumatic dismemberment, for example, it's probably one of the first places he or I look to start an IV. I mean, if a person requires one.
I also do a "head to toe assessment" when receiving patients. I'm pretty sure my husband would too, but I'd have to ask. I'm required to document every thing not within normal limits. Down to the most minor scrape or sore. Not sure if they do that in "emergency" situations. I also document an "inventory" of belongings, including jewelry, upon admitting someone. Hearing aides, glasses, removable dental work, etc. I even check for contact lenses. It's part of my paperwork. Most jewerlry items, especially high end ones are either required to be locked up by security or signed for by family and taken home. I've never sent home or locked up "medical jewelry". Although I've worked at institutions that place "allergy bands" on patients upon admission. Where I work, allergies are included on the chart (front cover), patient history, admission paperwork, and medication sheets. I mean, in addition to other places.
No guarantees, just personally. Maybe it's just us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
General Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form. Individual Mileage May Vary. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 03/15/2006 - 9:30am
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Quote:Originally posted by krasota:
[b]I'm not going to have my health info tattooed on my skin. I fear big brother too much. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
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Completely understand. I've noticed those "debit" fingerprint scans now at my local grocer. Apparently, you register your fingerprint to your debit card, and all you need to pay is a fingerprint. (haven't used it, so I could be wrong.)
I thought: "Dream on. They're gonna have to get up much earlier to outwit me. The only way they'll get my fingerprint is the old fashioned way, like if I ever break the law or commit a felony. Until then.......anonymity."
Then I remembered my finger scan is on file at work in order to acess "Pyxis", where patient medications are kept.
Drat. Now they have my fingerprints. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] Plan for world domination [i]cancelled[/i].

Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2006 - 6:18am
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No stickers at all on our seats, but it's a good idea. He is usually wearing his medical bracelet.
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Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2006 - 8:01am
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Never had a sticker, like the idea though. DD always wears her medic alert bracelet and there is a medic alert window sticker on her door window. My friend attaches info to her kids car seats. Not for specific medical reasons- just standard name/number emergency contact info,Dr info incase of an accident and the adults are unable to communicate.

Posted on: Tue, 03/14/2006 - 8:26am
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Kandomom, may I ask where you got your window sticker...I like that idea better than the car seat sticker [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img])
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