Gerard Moseley, from Stoke-On-Trent, has worked for the ambulance service for 31 years.
We caught up with the retired paramedic to get his thoughts and advice on medical ID jewellery.
Vital in an Emergency
“It is paramedic recommended to wear some form of medical ID,” says Gerard, who retired from the ambulance service just six months ago.
“During my time working for Staffordshire and West Midlands Ambulance Service, there were a couple of things we did to identify if someone had a medical condition, particularly if it was an elderly person’s home we were visiting.
“We’d always look out for a bracelet or necklace containing the patient’s name, date of birth, next of kin and condition details.
“Sometimes there would be a small container or cupboard containing medication and the person’s condition details, but if the patient is unconscious, looking for this can be time consuming.
“In an emergency you have to act fast – and in these instances medical ID is a big help.”
Bracelets are the Most Convenient Form
Paramedics are trained to look for medical ID in any form, but Gerard says wearing something on your wrist makes the process a lot more efficient.
“I’ve found bracelets to be the most convenient form as your wrist is often the first place we see. If a patient is unconscious, the ambulance service don’t have time to rummage around for information. They need to treat you as quickly as possible.
“In most instances your arm and wrist is seen immediately as this is where blood pressure is checked and cannulas are inserted.”
What to Engrave on Your ID Jewellery
Gerard offers his advice on what you should engrave on your ID jewellery in order of priority.
“I’d list your condition first followed by your medication details – if you’re allergic to any type of medicines this should also be printed.
“Make sure your next of kin’s phone number is listed too as it’s important they’re contacted in an emergency.”
Issues with Medication
Before medical ID jewellery existed Gerard experienced problems with administering medication.
“I’ve come across lots of issues around medication over the years. When I first started there was nothing like medical ID around.
“People were allergic to certain medications which we didn’t know about and I’ve also had problems with Jehovah’s witnesses who don’t want to be given certain medicines or undergo certain procedures.”
Help People to Help You
As well as helping the ambulance service, Gerard believes you should keep people around you informed if you have a serious condition or allergy.
“If it was me I would want people to know if I had a condition – especially when you’ve got family and simply wearing something on your wrist could save your life.
“Whether it’s a heart problem, allergy or chronic condition like diabetes – these are things people need to know in order to help you.”
As well as working with emergency personnel, Gerard has also done product testing for SP Services – an international supplier of first aid, ambulance, paramedic and emergency rescue equipment, they provide everything you need in an emergency.