The MedicAlert Foundation, the company responsible for creating the specialized bracelets worn by persons living with varying conditions that could put them at risk or anything that would require them to have an emergency contact, is collaborating with Edmonton police to ensure the safety of these individuals. Mostly used for persons who may get lost or go missing rather than for allergies, this idea is directed at those living with, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism, or other conditions with similar cognitive effects such as a brain injury. The plan is, once one of these persons go missing, to share the information found on registered individual’s bracelets with police for a 24-hour period. Police will have access to all the information found through their MedicAlert ID including the person’s photo, identity, and even their past wandering history. Now officers will have the ability to quickly identify the individual and contact EPS communications when they find a lost or missing person. The purpose of this is to ensure the safety of all Canadians by being able to access health information through an electronic database that can be seen by emergency responders.
SOURCE: Edmonton Sun October 20th, 2017
AUTHOR(S): Claire Theobald
DATE RETRIEVED: Monday October 23rd, 2017