Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida

"The mission of the Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida is to advocate for persons with seizure disorders, their families, friends, and caregivers. We will inspire respect within our community by breaking down barriers and myths about seizures through comprehensive outreach and education programs. We will work to reduce the incidence of traumatic brain injury through extensive prevention programs."
Dec 2, 2013

Global Giving Project Report

Medical IDs Save Lives
Medical IDs Save Lives

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month!  Epilepsy, which affects roughly 3 million Americans, is a common, yet poorly understood, neurological disorder. The condition, which is in fact a complicated spectrum of disorders, can have a devastating effect on individuals as well as their families. The Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida is committed to boosting public awareness and enhancing the lives of those with epilepsy, as well as their loved ones. 

  One way that we do this is through our "Better Safe Than Sorry" program. Epilepsy is a serious condition and it is important that those suffering from the condition are properly identified with an medical ID bracelet in case of an emergency. Because individuals with epilepsy may suffer from severe seizures that could result in unconsciousness, an epilepsy ID bracelet is helpful for proper identification of the reason for the seizure. Medical professionals may waste time trying to diagnose the condition when the symptom is a part of a person's ongoing condition.

An epilepsy medical ID bracelet will alert medical professionals to the condition. Information regarding a patient's primary doctor may also be included on the epilepsy ID bracelet. If medication is taken for seizures, this information can be noted on an epilepsy medical bracelet. This will give medical professionals a better idea of what kind of seizures a patient typically has, and a dose of this medication may be administered to help stop seizures.

The Epilepsy Society is still providing FREE medical IDs to those living in Northwest Florida diagnosed with epilepsy. We would like to say "thank you" for supporting this program! Because of you, over 75 clients have been provided a FREE medical ID bracelet. This provides a peace of mind for the client and their family.


Brian wears his medical ID too
Brian wears his medical ID too

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Sep 3, 2013

Project Update

Medical ID bracelets
Medical ID bracelets

"Better Safe than Sorry" provides medical ID bracelets to individuals diagnosed with epilepsy, living in Northwest Florida.

In an emergency when you can't speak for yourself, a medical ID bracelet speaks for you. Prompt diagnosis is critical to effective treatment. A brief description of vital medical facts, such as type of epilepsy, medications taken, and other treatment forms, engraved on a medical ID ensures appropriate & timely medical care.

The Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida have currently provided 50 medical ID bracelets! Our clients would like to "thank-you" for your support. Their bracelets provide them with a sense of independence and safety! 

May 31, 2013

Update from "Better Safe than Sorry"

Daniel
Daniel's Medical ID

The Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida is proud to announce that we have raised $5,040 through GlobalGiving. This money is used to provide medical ID bracelets to those diagnosed with epilepsy in Northwest Florida. We have currently provided 30 medical IDs!

A medical identification bracelet is a voice, speaking on behalf of an individual when he or she is incapable of speech.  Under emergency circumstances, it is critical that emergency response teams be able to quickly identify an individual’s medical condition and allergies. Without proper ID, common symptoms can be misdiagnosed and appropriate care is jeopardized and delayed. Wearing medical alert jewelry can speed the assessments made by first responders, and healthcare professionals agree that early identification of a medical condition or allergy can save lives. 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our project! 

Kenna showing off her new medical ID bracelet
Kenna showing off her new medical ID bracelet

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