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Take Control of Your Safety: How a Medical Alert System + ERinfo Will Rescue You in Your Scariest Moments

ERinfo’s facial recognition feature adds a critical level of protection to any medical alert system

Key takeaways:

  • Medical alert systems are important for those with pre-existing conditions, those who live alone, the elderly, and those prone to falls. 
  • Medical alert systems can be in-house or mobile.
  • A mobile medical alert system can be a bracelet, necklace, or keychain.
  • ERinfo adds another highly important level of protection.

Many people think of the old television commercial when they hear the words “medical alert system,” – “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up,” says an elderly woman from a prone position on the floor in the commercial. Medical alert systems do much more than simply helping someone recover from a fall, however.

There are several highly important reasons to use a medical alert system. The main reason is to protect yourself or a loved one from a tragedy, of course. 

Early medical alert systems made a call for help in an emergency. Advances in technology have made it possible to do much more, including contacting family members from the scene of the accident.

We will discuss the reasons someone should use a medical alert system, what types of systems there are, and the new technology that can be paired with a medical alert, ERinfo, which is changing the face of emergency care.

Why people use medical alert systems

There are several reasons a person may want to use a medical alert system. Here are some of the situations which warrant one.  

  • Pre-existing conditions

Anyone with a pre-existing medical condition, such as Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) or COPD, benefits greatly from a medical alert system. In the case of those with T1D, for example, having a medical alert is extremely important because of the nature of the condition, which requires continual monitoring and management. The risk of blood glucose dropping too low is always present, which makes having a medical alert, and being able to be identified in an emergency, vital. 

Medical alerts are vital to people with chronic illnesses, especially the elderly. Illnesses are tricky – one moment, you are fine but suddenly something is off and you could end up in the hospital. Medical alert devices ensure help is on the way at a moment’s notice.

  • Living alone

Those who live alone run the risk of getting hurt when no one is around to call for help. They are also more vulnerable in a burglary. A medical alert service is an extremely helpful tool for anyone living alone that experiences an emergency. 

They are also a great help to you when you’re in public by yourself. You can activate the alert when feeling threatened or in need of help quickly.

  • Prone to falls

Some people are prone to falling due to age, equilibrium issues, epilepsy, etc. A medical alert system will help those who fall and can’t recover, even if they can’t push the button. There are systems with fall detecting sensors that will automatically notify emergency responders. No one ever has to worry about falling down the stairs alone again.

Types of medical alert systems

There are two types of medical alerts – at-home systems and mobile systems. The traditional at-home systems consist of a microphone, speaker, and base station along with a portable button to press for emergencies. This type of system works only in range of the base station.

Mobile systems go wherever you go. They have a built-in GPS so the user can always be found, as well as a cell phone service to call emergency services or the monitoring center. They work anywhere that has cell service. Mobile medical alert systems can be jewelry such as a bracelet or necklace.  

Both types of medical alerts can have fall detection added on. This is very useful when a person falls unconscious or can’t reach a help button. It senses when a person falls and automatically calls for help. 

ERinfo + medical alerts

Medical alerts have been in use since the 1970s when a man named Wilhelm Hormann had an idea to keep senior citizens safer at home. They have advanced and upgraded through the years, much like the evolution of music from vinyl to digital. 

A medical alert system is wonderful for alerting first responders to an emergency but it will not tell you exactly who the patient is if they are unconscious or non-communicative. This is where ERinfo comes in. It is an app that uses facial recognition software to identify anyone with the snap of a button. Traditional ID bracelets and cards can be forgotten, lost, or fall off in an accident. ERinfo works differently. 

With ERinfo, if you get into a car accident or fall unconscious, first responders can take a picture of you that connects to the information you uploaded to ERinfo, which can include your medical history, allergies, pre-existing conditions, emergency contacts, and advanced directive. There is no delay in treatment while first responders try to figure out who you are and what your medical history is.

It is the most effective patient identification system on the market. It makes an effective addition to both in-home and mobile medical alert structures. Elderly patients, those with chronic illnesses, and those living alone receive a level of comfort that was not there before. Families no longer have the added stress of wondering and waiting after an accident. ERinfo gives first responders a way to alert a patient’s emergency contacts immediately from the scene of the accident. 

Faster treatment with medical alert systems + ERinfo

A medical alert system is a valuable tool for anyone with a chronic illness, age disability, living alone, and more. It is only the first part of treatment, though. Patient identification is vital once first responders arrive on the scene and it can mean the difference between treatment and tragedy. 

ERinfo allows first responders to do their jobs swiftly and efficiently. They do not have to wait with their hands tied while a child lays injured because they can’t find their parents, for example. There is no guesswork about patient identity, allergies, or current illnesses. The app simply scans a patient’s face and provides all of the information first responders need to start life-saving treatment.  

ERinfo stops needless delays in treatment and adds a vital element of safety to any medical alert service. Protect yourself, and your loved ones, by signing up today.