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Why would a person with COPD wear a medical alert bracelet?

I see these for sale and I wonder why an emergency team would need to know you have COPD?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The first two answers are right. As a former EMT, if someone has COPD you cannot give them the same amount of oxygen as someone who doesn't have it. COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) covers a whole host of lung problems including asthma and emphysema. If someone is unconscious, the bracelet will inform the responder that they have the illness.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If and emergency comes up the EMT's need to know that the person has COPD, if they don't know they can't treat them. They also can't just assume that a person has it either.

    And there are some cases that a person is unable to speak in these situations.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because if you didn't, and you had a medical emergency, there are different types of methods the EMTs use to help you, along with different types of medications. If they don't know you have COPD, then they can't assume you do.

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