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Now, a few weeks ago, I had a text message through from my mother, and she was asking me about her allergy to codeine. Now, I phoned her up and we discussed it a little bit more. And the problem is that she has an allergy to codeine. What this will do is then reduce her blood pressure to dangerous levels, and this can be a real big problem. Her real question was if she was involved in a car accident and then the paramedics arrived, well, they would need to know that she has this allergy. What we thought we'd do, we'd do a little bit more information on the first aid show about how you can identify yourself easier.

What we did with her was we got one of these, which is just a simple allergy tag. Now, within the allergy tag, these are less than £10 to buy, and what you can have is the tag that she can wear. Now, she may not want to wear a necklace-type or the bracelet-type but this would also be able to go on to a key fob. If she's driving her car, then the keys will be in the ignition or with her so when the paramedics check, they'll hopefully be able to find that tag and then, they'll know what her allergies are and then, not give her the medication.

Now, these types of tags can be used for pretty much anything. Now, this is just one brand, but there's lots of others, medical alert tags and load and loads of different companies out there. And there are different designs, you can spend more money or not a lot. These are very, very cheap, but you can spend a lot more money and have them freshly engraved in gold, silver or different colours, and one would be a bracelet that goes around the wrist and you can print on both sides. Another one is the necklace type. Other things could be a wallet card that people may well carry around.

This kit here comes with a standard card that you just write on the back. And what we do on here is say your name, your emergency contact details, what you are allergic to or what condition you have. These types of things can be something that someone with epilepsy, maybe anaphylactic reaction, diabetes, they would carry. And they're also available from different charities. If you suffer from epilepsy, the epilepsy charities have usually got their own cards, the same with anaphylaxis or diabetes.

If you need more information, you don't necessarily need to buy these. Sometimes, they are provided free or for a very little cost. The other slight variation on this is we've been doing a bit more work and expanding our courses on dementia, and we've also found these other tags, which is identifying someone who has Alzheimer's or any type of dementia. The advantage of this type of thing would be if someone's maybe in early-onset dementia and they're walking out and about on their own and they get lost or they get confused. A police officer or a member of the public could see the tag, find out what's wrong, find out an emergency contact number and get them help and also give them the care they need, so, there's not really a confusion with someone who's got one condition or something else.

It's a similar idea where the police will sometimes misdiagnose to a certain extent someone as being drunk when they're actually a diabetic. And similarly, someone with a form of dementia, they can know exactly what's wrong and give them the appropriate care. Now, a lot of these companies would have a registration system so you can register online or you register by post. What would then happen is they have a reference number. If anybody finds the patient or you're unconscious and you need help, they look at this number, they phone the company up and they will then give the full contact details. They can call emergency services if need be or the doctors or whoever is actually caring for that person.

But that information is only as up-to-date as you tell the company. If you move house, the patient moves or if any medical conditions change, you must notify that company so that you can update the records so that the tag is as up-to-date as possible. If you want to find more information on these tags, just look on the internet, look in the shops, there are loads and load of other information. Or, if you need any more or to find the other examples of this, get in touch with us and tell us about the different tags that you've found and where you have used these tags or maybe as a first aider where you have found these tags really, really important in helping somebody.