Emergency Medical Alert Systems

Written by Norene Anderson
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Some emergency medical alert systems are designed to notify the monitoring personnel if the wireless transmitter becomes horizontal. This indicates the person wearing the transmitter is in a lying down position suggesting a fall. Emergency help can be dispatched to the scene or local family and neighbors may be notified to check on the individual before sending paramedics.

The simplicity of operation makes it possible for any invalid without mental impairment to utilize the device appropriately and easily. Many emergency medical alert systems allow for several phone numbers to be programmed into the unit as an immediate contact at the push of a button. The list is prioritized by the wearer according to the order of preference. Sometimes a neighbor should be first on the list instead of a family member when immediate help is warranted.

Advantages of Emergency Medical Alert Systems

Hip fractures result in the greatest number of deaths of all fall-related fractures. Falls account for the majority of injuries to seniors. Over a million seniors are treated in emergency rooms every year for injuries sustained as a result of falling. The injuries range from fractures of the ankle, hand, pelvis, vertebrae, and hip to head trauma of various degrees. It is vital that emergency care is initiated as soon as possible to prevent further damage.

Having an emergency medical alert system in place is one of the best ways to have access the help needed. Safety precautions such as grab bars near the toilet and in the tub and removing throw rugs are simple measures that may save a loved one from falling. Good lighting throughout the home is essential.


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