After the tour, we were all eating lunch, and one of the girls in The Kid's class asked me about his bracelet. (Interesting that she asked me instead of him, but I went with it, since his mouth was full and it gave me an opening.) I explained that if he were ever sick and a firefighter came to help him (I shamelessly pointed to the startled paramedic standing next to us), it would tell him or her about The Kid's allergies.
The paramedic was a really good sport about it and leaned over to to look at The Kid's medic alert bracelet. He read the tag aloud, then patiently answered all my questions. Here's what he had to say:
- The paramedic stated that the medic alert needed to be obvious and clearly visible. Rescue crews keep an eye out for the medic alert logo, then look more closely once they see it.
- A bracelet is better than a necklace, since sometimes a tag will be hidden on the back of the neck or beneath clothing.
- The most important information to have on there is any drug allergies. (To me this was interesting, since it was the perspective of a first responder, who is primarily concerned with emergency care.)
- I asked his opinion of medic alerts that have a phone number providing access to an individual's medical information. The paramedic stated that a child my son's age is either with a caregiver who is able to provide that information, or is at school. He said that any time he has been called to a school, the health card listing any conditions, medications, etc., has already been fetched, and that card accompanies the child if he or she is transported.
It was a fun trip, and The Kid and I were both well educated. So thank you to the firefighters at the East Lake station!