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  • FeverMates: 9 Tips for Better Day Care Safety and Health

    fevermates stick on fever indicatorsAre you getting ready to place your kids into child care? While you try to keep them safe and healthy at home, day care is another story. The last thing you want is to have a sick child with a bad cold or flu this winter. Because of this risk, many parents feel a bit scared about day care safety.

    While you can’t stay at the child care center all day, you can take a few extra steps once your little one is home. Below, take a look at 9 wonderful tips for keeping your children feeling great in day care. All it takes is a little bit of effort for big results. Most of all, these tips will ensure even better day care safety. Continue reading

  • Solving the Issue of Patient Safety with Medical Alert Bracelets

    patient safety medical alert braceletsRecently, a provocative article from The Sydney Morning Herald talked about the issue of patient safety. It discussed Professor Sir Liam Donaldson – an expert on the subject. He spoke at length about problems that occur related to patient safety in both the doctor’s office and the hospital. And as Mediband’s medical alert bracelets show, we all need to keep an eye out for ways to stay safer.

    This post will talk all about the issue of safety for patients. Because of the high risks in health care, we all need to stay aware of these concerns. As a result, everyone will remain happier and safer in their lives.

    Finding the Problem of Patient Safety in Healthcare.

    As the Herald article noted, up to 12 percent of all hospital visits stem from errors. So, over one in ten people who go to the hospital end up there due to a mistake! Hence, you can see why this is such a pervasive issue. Continue reading

  • Blood Thinners & What to Look Out For in an Emergency

    blood thinners pillsBlood thinners are medications that are prescribed to patients who are at risk of suffering from strokes and heart attacks. Blood thinner medicines prevent blood from clotting and are helpful in treating some types of heart disorders.

    You may need blood thinners if:

    • You’re suffering from atrial fibrillation
    • You are at risk of pulmonary embolism
    • You’ve just had artificial heart valve surgery
    • You’ve recently undergone hip replacement or bone surgery

    Types of Blood Thinners

    There are two common types of blood thinners available—anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs. Antiplatelet drugs prevent thrombotic cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases by inhibiting blood clot formation. These drugs don’t allow platelets to adhere to one another, thereby reducing the formation of blood clots. Aspirin, clopidogrel, prasugrel, and Ticlopidine are the most commonly prescribed antiplatelet medications.

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  • All About Mediband's Medical ID And How It Can Help You

    medical id, medical bracelet, id bracelet, emergency braceletHow a mediband can save your lifeIn an emergency, paramedics arrive to save your life. Help make the jobs of health and emergency workers easier by wearing a medical ID bracelet. Medical ID bracelets delivery important health information so they know right away how to care for the patient.

    Whether you suffer from a serious allergy or diabetes, having your medical information available for quick access will help improve your chances of walking away with a story to tell.

    What is a mediband?

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  • What is Epilepsy and How Can An Epilepsy Wristband Help?

    What is epilepsy?

    Epilepsy is a condition where the sufferer has repeated seizures. This results from an abnormal discharge of electricity in the brain cells. Many people inherit epilepsy. However, it may also result from brain imbalances or the effects of drugs and alcohol. In some cases, it is the side effect of a brain injury. There are over 40 different types of the condition. It is the most common brain disorder in the world and affects all ages. Most people with the condition respond to treatment. This includes anti epilepsy drugs (AED) and avoiding stimulants such as drugs.  We cover a number of topics below and end with a quick discussion on why you should wear an epilepsy wristband.

    How many Australians are affected?

    Up to 3.5 percent of all Australians experience epilepsy during their lives. Over 250,000 Australians live with the condition. It is most frequently diagnosed in elderly people, young children and teenagers.

    What are the symptoms?

    The symptoms of epilepsy will vary. They depend on whether the electrical discharge affects the whole brain, or certain parts. A partial seizure may result in an “absence”. This may be for as short a time as a second. A full seizure may last for over five minutes and may involve muscle spasms.

    What to do if someone has a fit?

    Someone having a seizure in front of you can be confounding. However, it is important to act to reduce the chance of injury to the person. Understanding first aid is an important part of helping care for people with the condition. Advice from Epilepsy Action Australia suggests you should:

    • Stay with the person. They are likely to be confused when they regain consciousness.
    • Check for medical ID such as an epilepsy wristband
    • Protect the patient’s head from danger during the seizure.
    • Roll the person onto their side (the recovery position) once the fit has passed. Do so immediately if there is any sign of vomit in the mouth. This will be necessary to prevent the patient choking.
    • The patient will require reassurance until they have recovered.

    You should never: Try to move the person (unless they are in danger). Nor should you put anything in their mouth. Do not try to restrain the person or attempt CPR. This is the chest compression technique used to get the heart working after a heart attack.

    Call an ambulance if the fit:

    • lasts more than five minutes,
    • if the patient is not responsive after the attack,
    • if the seizure occurred in water or
    • if they are choking.

    Benefits of wearing an epilepsy wristband

    epilepsy wristband, epileptic, medibandThere are many benefits of wearing an epilepsy wristband. The band identifies the wearer, outlines their condition and gives the right treatment. Medical wristbands can be vital for those with serious medical conditions. These include people who need special medication or have allergies. Wearing such ID is especially important for epileptics. With the wristband, they will be able to get early hospitalisation if necessary. This may be the difference between life and death if the seizure is extended and leads to complications. The wristband will help paramedics arriving on the scene to give the correct treatment.

    The wristband will also have contact details so that the family of the sufferer can be notified quickly.

    A medical wristband can make a big difference for epileptics. It can mean being able to get treatment straight away and avoid confusion over how to treat their condition. However, carrying such ID is as important for family and carers as it is for the wearer. It will bring peace of mind to them knowing that vital medical information is located on an eye-catching wristband.

    Interested in finding out more about medical alert bracelets?  Contact Mediband today to find out about our wide range of epilepsy wristbands and how they could save your life.

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