-- There is a lower chance for medical professionals administering
potentially harmful medications or treatments, such as drugs that a
patient may be allergic to, if the patient is wearing a medical ID.
For example, Penicillin is the most common with one-in-ten of Americans
reporting this drug allergy; however it is also one of the most
commonly used drugs to avoid infection.
-- The most expensive place to treat an individual is the emergency room,
therefore if admission to the hospital can be avoided, the patient can
potentially save thousands of dollars.
The survey also noted that some healthcare providers are reimbursing their patients for their medical ID purchase.
"With 75 percent of healthcare costs going to those with chronic diseases and the rise in incidences of those living with chronic diseases and allergies, many organizations are seeking to decrease healthcare expenditures from large employers to health plan providers to hospitals," said Dirk Van Slyke, Vice President Sales and Marketing of American Medical ID. "The survey findings reinforce the importance for anyone living with chronic conditions, allergies or taking certain medications to wear proper medical identification jewelry."
More than 8,800 American Medical ID customers completed the 15-minute online survey in August. The results were announced at this week's Health Management Congress event in Anaheim, Calif.
Additional Survey Information:
-- Of those surveyed, 12.6 percent kept their condition confidential in
-- 15.4 percent of those employed either full time or part time had
experienced a medical incident in the workplace.
-- 54.7 percent were wearing a medical ID at the time of their
-- 59.7 percent of the incidents resulted in a trip to an emergency
|SOURCE American Medical ID|
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