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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 10:03 am 
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"It just so happened to be the 22-year-old girl that had the anaphylaxis tattoo was in a serious way two days after and someone knew to use the epi pen. She called us and said it saved her life."


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In a statement to South-West News a Queensland Health spokeswoman said: "Queensland Health's Primary Clinical Care Manual 2011 supports the use of medical alert bracelets or bands to alert the public and health professionals to ­allergies and/or medical conditions".

Queensland Health also said "individuals should make an informed choice about getting a tattoo and where they get it done".


http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews ... 6662497075

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:36 pm 
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Curious to know what people think of the 'medical tattoo' idea.

It's come up before. I'm of 2 minds about.

Not sure if I'd want to 'brand' my condition onto my skin, but I suppose it would be noticed in an emergency.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:48 pm 
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I think it's a good idea, but I wonder if EMS is being trained to look for it?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 2:10 pm 
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I don't like the idea of tattoos, personally.

One of the things that I like about MedicAlert is how easy it it to make changes to the information. Now a small tattoo indicating that a chip had been implanted......that's an idea. :abduct

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 18, 2013 3:49 pm 
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In the event of trauma, tattoos are not easily visible under blood. I can tell you that my brother was in a car crash and they didn't clean off all the blood for several hours as there were life-threatening conditions that needed to be dealt with first.

There was an ER nurse on another allergy forum that posted about this, and how the traditional metal bracelets and emblems are still the best choice, easiest to see, and will show up in a CT/Xray should you get that far without it being removed. I'm sticking with my bracelet. People recognise it right away, it can be updated easily, and I can change it to suit the occasion (metal vs. sport band).

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