Monday, March 2, 2009

Gluten-Free Tip: MEDIC ALERT Bracelet

Some experts and doctors differ on emergency situations, so it is up to you to decide if you should wear a medic alert bracelet or necklace.

Our nurse practitioner thinks it is unnecessary (and possibly dangerous) to wear one as celiac disease does not present an immediate life-threatening reaction. If an emergency worker hesitates or becomes confused about what to do, life-saving measures might be withheld.

However, our nurse practitioner does recommend carrying a note in your wallet which identifies your celiac disease and explains you cannot ingest gluten. And make sure your doctor confirms on the front of your chart that you have CD and that you require a gluten-free diet.


pingponger said...

i agree although it makes me a little nervous i guess

elizabeth atkinson said...

You should of course discuss with your own practitioner/doc because your decision would probably depend on how severe a reaction you get?