Medical IDs and being a wise health care consumer

wise health care consumerIn 2003, the American Institute for Preventative Medicine launched National Wise Health Care Consumer Month in February to promote positive health behaviors and educate consumers about the ways in which they can make wise decisions on the cost and quality of healthcare.

The Institute offers a toolkit to help people select a health care plan and doctors that fit their unique needs. In addition to these decisions, another way to be a smart health care consumer is to wear a medical ID if you have diabetes, a heart condition, allergies, dementia, or any rare disease.

Here are three ways medical IDs help you to be a wise health care consumer.

Medical IDs are smart for your health

They are a simple way to communicate important information to health care providers during an emergency. Wearing an ID can help eliminate ambulance trips if paramedics know to treat you for low blood sugar or an allergy first. For the same reasons, they help prevent unnecessary hospital admissions. Plus, IDs can help prevent major emergencies in the first place, especially in cases of avoiding certain foods due to allergies and intolerance.

For those under the care of others who cannot communicate verbally, medical IDs speak up. They can explain behaviors related to autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. IDs can also aid in finding those who have wandered.

Get the most out of your ID: wear it

Since medical IDs are preventative, the best way to make use of them is to wear them every day. Incorporate wearing a medical ID into your daily dressing routine so that it becomes part of your “look.” Because they’re made for daily wear, American Medical IDs are designed for a variety of occasions. We have sporty IDs for working out, precious metal IDs for a night on the town, and stainless steel IDs to weather the daily grind.

Keep your ID in tip-top shape

It is important that you maintain your medical ID so it lasts a long time and remains readable. If you prefer a bracelet, upkeep starts with selecting the right size. An ID should fit snugly against your wrist so that the engraving isn’t subject to excessive rubbing. You should also clean your ID regularly. We offer polishing cloths to keep all your metal IDs shining bright. You can also take your ID in to your local jeweler for a yearly professional cleaning.

Be a wise health care consumer and shop for your medical ID today

Sources: American Institute for Preventative Medicine

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