Ever wondered if you could have a medical alert bracelet that could hold all of your medical records so that an ER physician could access important information in an emergency that you could not communicate? It exists!
The Epilepsy Foundation in Chattanooga was recently awarded a grant to distribute a new trial medical alert bracelet called "My MED - Medical ID Bracelet" produced by the national Epilepsy Foundation in partnership with the Medtronics Foundation. This bracelet can record vital medical information for people with epilepsy and store their records on the portable USB drive that is a hidden in the bracelet.
The use of this device is intended to supply health care providers with up to date information regarding seizure activity, on which to base critical treatment decisions.This will also improve communication between physicians and parents and/or caregivers of children living with epilepsy.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee is partnering with the Pediatric Neurology Department at Children's Hospital at Erlanger (Dr. Knowles and Dr. Miller, nurse practitioner Jo Grant and nurse practitioner Susan Gain) to find families in our area who qualify for the trial use of these bracelets, as the study is targeting children with epilepsy. The study is has been approved by the hospital review board!
Qualifications are that a child is between 0 and 17 years old and has had two emergency room visits in the past year. He/she is also a patient of the Pediatric Neurology Department at Children's Hospital (at Erlanger). We are looking for 50 - 75 families in which to use this trial bracelet and to provide feedback for the study on the ease of use and efficacy of the bracelet. Bracelets come in black, blue, orange, yellow, and green. If you choose to participate, there is no monetary compensation, but your child will be allowed to keep the bracelet.
If you, or someone you know, qualifies and would like to participate in this study, please call our offices at (423) 634-1772. We would be happy to talk you through the details!