Medic-alert bracelets for apnea?

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Medic-alert bracelets for apnea?

Postby Rubywanderlust » Sat Aug 17, 2013 7:40 am

I've recently been diagnosed with UARS, and mild apnea if I sleep on my back. I Have just begun using an oral appliance which is helping considerably.

I'm wondering if there is a need to get a medic alert type bracelet since my diagnosis? Should I be in an accident the UARS would not be apparent if surgery is required, yet could negatively impact my health/recovery if I was Ina position to not be able to advise the medical staff.

Thoughts?
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Re: Medic-alert bracelets for apnea?

Postby Boxerdogfan » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:42 pm

Hi Ruby,

I did get a medic alert bracelet due to I have severe sleep apnea. I will definitely struggle for breath if I get knocked out. To me, if you cannot speak and you are on your back, medical personnel would know what to do. Good luck!
By the way, the medic alert I have also has extra cards for a wallet and glove box.
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Re: Medic-alert bracelets for apnea?

Postby Vicki » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:36 pm

If you join the ASAA, a medic alert bracelet is part of the membership.

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Re: Medic-alert bracelets for apnea?

Postby truckerdad57 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:33 pm

DITTO on what Vivki posted.

As a former EMT any sleep apnea patient who is unconscious will have more problems maintaining an airway than a non-OSA patient.

Also if you are not able to speak the anesthiologist should be aware of your sleep apnea. They will manage your airway in surgery differently and how you are managed in recovery may be different.

There is information on on the ASAA site about going into the hospital you might want to look at.

I have a complicated medical history that includes OSA. I wear a medical alert necklace.
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