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.
"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!
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!
The Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida has partnered with American Medical ID to provide medical ID bracelets to those living with epilepsy in Northwest Florida. This allows the process of ordering and engraving the bracelets to run more smoothly. We have currently provided 20 medical ID bracelets and we have received amazing feedback. Tiffany's mom states, "Tiffany is very proud of her bracelet and she wears it everyday."
Now that we have a system in place, the Epilepsy Society staff has visited with local neurologist to make them aware of this service. We hope to provide 250 medical ID bracelets to individuals living with epilepsy by September 2013.
Why are medical ID bracelets so important to those living with epilepsy?
In an emergency, when you might be unable to speak for yourself, a medical ID bracelet or necklace speaks for you.
Thank you again for your generosity and support of our project! We are pleased to be able to offer this service to our community and we could not have done it without your help.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for helping us achieve our fundrasing goal. It certainly is exciting to be able to provide a much needed service to our clients. We have already received over 20 Medical ID bracelet requests from those diagnosed with epilepsy in Northwest Florida!
At the Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida, our original plan was to order medical ID bracelets through a Medical ID company. This would include both the bracelet and the clients information engraved on the bracelet plate. However, after further research and obtaining quotes, we have found that it would be more cost-effective to order the bracelets and have them engraved at a local jewelry shop. This will allow us to put more "client specific" information on the bracelet.
To learn more about the Epilepsy Society of Northwest Florida or how to get a medical ID bracelet, please call our office at 850-433-1395 or visit our website at www.nwfepilepsy.org. Again, thank you for your support!
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