In an emergency situation better medical care is possible when knowledge of previous pertinent medical history, drug allergies, current medication and current medical problems are available. Therefore, the Academy recommends that all individuals who have medical conditions or require medications important to be known in emergencies carry medical identification and information on their person that is immediately available and readable to emergency personnel. Items such as alert bracelets or necklaces and wallet inserts provide immediate access to vital information for first responders in the field. Thumb drives on key chains and patient portals accessible by cell phones provide more detailed background information to clinicians in the hospital or emergency department environment. (1973) (2013 COD)
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