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Important Facts About Medical Alert Devices

Rajib Singha Oct 27, 2018
Medical alert devices are a must if one gets affected by a medical condition, especially a chronic one that may recur unexpectedly. Here, we provide some basic facts related to these devices.
Sometimes people affected by serious health conditions would not be able to get help or attention in case of a medical emergency. Hence, these medical alert devices would play an important role in such conditions. These are electronic gadgets which respond to critical situations and act to summon urgent medical help.
Such devices are an effective means by which a person can feel independent and confident to take care of his medical needs at crucial times. These are beneficial devices for people affected by ailments that require immediate attention, especially senior citizens, and people with certain disabilities.

Important Facts About Medical Alert Devices/Alarms

This device comprises a panic button, a base-station and the medical response center. Panic buttons are medical alarms which come in the form of medical alert bracelets, necklaces, buttons, wrist watches, and pendants, with medical history and emergency contact names, IDs, and numbers stored on them. They should be worn by the affected person at all times.
# The function of the panic button is to activate the base-station which is plugged to the telephone and contains a two-way speaker unit. This in turn would allow a two-way conversation between the affected person and a qualified medical personnel, so as to get an idea of the graveness of the situation.
The base-unit is built with a super-sensitive microphone and speaker for clearer voice and sound quality.
In the cases of power cuts, the unit comes with a back-up battery which is sufficient enough to warn one's family, friends, or doctor, and also call for medical assistance when the need arises, thus making it a 24/7 care facility.
For fashion-conscious people, the alarms are available in different designer shapes along with accessories. Some of them are equipped with sensors that activate the emergency transmitters and call for help.
Most medical alarms have a 400-600 feet range, with the house at the center. So, the response center can pick up signals from any corner of the house where the accident has occurred. For people with physical disabilities, soft touch buttons are also available.
There is also a back-up alert device, which can be referred to as a "passive alarm". The working principle of this device is based on its frequent activation, everyday. This informs the response center about the status of the affected person.
If the device goes unactivated for a particular period of time, say 12 hours, then a member of the medical staff is sent to ensure that the affected person is fine.
This device is a great scientific invention. It is in fact 'a friend in need' when the affected person is not in a frame of mind to deal with a medical emergency. Moreover, help can be called for within minutes or even seconds. These devices prove beneficial not only for the affected people, but for healthy people too, and in case of any unexpected event.
The affected people, especially those with severe chronic conditions feel more confident and less worried about their well-being, when they have such devices at their disposal. Their family members also, can also be less anxious about the safety of their loved ones.
Security and independence are what the device offers, apart from providing medical help when it is needed the most. So, instead of waiting for the worst to happen, it is better to be prepared by getting this device for the people you care about.
Disclaimer: This is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.