In 2007, Doug Burns, the reigning Mr. Universe, was severely beaten by police at a movie theater when they mistook an episode of low blood sugar for intoxication.
The unfortunate incident emphasized the need for police officers and security personnel to be trained in how to distinguish between hypoglycemia and intoxication; however, it also pointed up the need for individuals to identify their medical condition to first responders.
As an athlete, Burns is disciplined and precise about managing his blood sugar level, so if a debilitating hypoglycemic reaction could happen to him, it can happen to anyone.
Rather than gamble with your health and hope for the best, taking pro-active measures such as wearing a medical id bracelet is essential for a person with diabetes, since symptoms of hypoglycemia mimic other problems.
It takes courage and endurance to live with a chronic illness. And one step toward responsible management of diabetes is to wear Medical ID jewelry.
When choosing a medical id, it's important to consider emergency personnel’s standard operating practices.
If a person is unconscious, paramedics are trained to perform a primary head-to-toe check for blocked airways and pulse. This initial check includes a hand check of the wrists and neck. Sometimes, paramedics may check a person’s wallet for a medical card; however, treating wounds is immediate, and rummaging through a wallet is often a practice of last resort, or completely overlooked.
Therefore, a medical id bracelet or medical alert pendant should be worn as an everyday accessory.
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