Medical Safety Thoughts When Aloft

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Do you carry emergency information with you for others to read if an emergency arises ?

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  1. grey mouse

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    For anyone out aloft who either has a medical condition or allergic reaction to certain things such as bees, penicillin, etc that would require quick or special treatment on the trail how should we communicate it safely? For example... you come across a hiker that is unresponsive (bee sting) and you don't know that he carries an EpiPen for such matters somewhere on them. No cell phone signal and no PLB (Personal Locating Beacon) included. Naturally (disclaimer) I'm not saying diagnose and treat if your not a doctor but rather is there a unified/universal way that we can communicate to another hiker or first responder that we have a condition ?

    I know that there are some wrist bands or items in use by some organizations or fields but a thru-hiker or just many people may not wear them on hikes due to discomfort. Is there a way to put say a red band on the top left shoulder strap to signify a laminated first aid card that would be stored say in the hip belt? Something like :

    Mike Smith
    51yrs Old
    123 Soldier Lane
    Northcutt, AZ 55555

    Emergency Contact Number: (123) 456-7890

    Past heart attack /2012
    Allergic to bee stings
    EpiPen In hip Belt/Left side

    I mention this because I'm unaware of any universal means that hikers use and it would be a great preparedness tool for many. It's also just a good thing to think of in advance especially if solo hiking.
     
  2. Naturalist

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    Interesting topic and I believe this is a good idea that should be encouraged.
     
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    My wife put a gun to my head years ago when work required me to be so far away from home. She found a set of my dogtags.
    Name, blood type, and special one for penicillin allergy. She then had a military shop make a third one with emergency names and numbers. Now, if they ever find my broken and battered body she is sure to receive her rightfully gained insurance check.:dblthumb:
     
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    I live alone in a town I moved to after I retired, don't know a whole lot of people and my son lives five hours away.

    My EDC "jewelry" is a ID bracelet that I ordered from: www.RoadId.com it has my name, year of birth, town, state, USA, two contact names with phone numbers,
    and medical information.

    I ride a bike and don't always have my wallet with me, so it gives me peace of mind knowing that if I get hit by a truck the authorities can identify me and contact my son.
     
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    Here is my idea so far. You would attach it to any pack at the top of the shoulder strap that corresponds to the side that you placed the info in the pocket. I can get these in plastic as shown below or tyvek. Of course I would need to order several thousand to make it economical lol.

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    Great post! Bracelets, dog tags, even medical tattoos are all good ways to relay medical information to someone who might happen upon your unconscious body. I knew a few soldiers when I was in the Army who had their blood type tattooed on their chest that way if a blood transfusion was quickly needed their blood type would be readily visible.
     
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    We always carried an extra dog tag in the boot laces of our combat boots so that they could put the legs with the correct body. Also the enemy might remove your tags from around your neck.
     
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    I do have a dog tag with name, address etc, but don't at the current time have any medical conditions. joe
     
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    The purpose would be to signify that you have something like this stored on you (credit card sized) since a dog tag or wrist band could possibly be lost. It would also be lighter than many other options.
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    I give all patients that may need one a card to save time and keep things simple for me. This is extensive, for people likely to be transported.

    Name
    Address
    Phone Number
    DOB
    SSN
    Medical History
    Medications (inc dosages)
    Allergies
    Primary MD
    Primary Emergency Contact
    Insurance Info.

    Medical Bracelets are always a good idea for major medical conditions.
    IE
    Life threatening allergies
    Seizure Disorders
    Diabetics
    Blood Thinning RX

    Emergency contact info bracket / tag for persons with Dementia or Alzheimer’s.

    When I did contracting my dog tags were primarily for recovery ID purposes.

    Full Name
    SSN
    Unit
    Blood Type* (Silly but it was the cool thing to do.) - NKMA

    Otherwise we carried unit orders and emergency info in a waterproof pouch left cargo pant pocket.

    Edit to Add.
    Blood type is silly unless you are high speed SF stationed in middle of nowhere with a emergency transfusion kit.
    Otherwise you will be receiving universal or be typed screened.
     
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