You may be left wondering just what a USB flash drive is when initially asked whether you would like this type of medical alert bracelet. Moreover, you may also be curious as to why you might want this add-on feature, or perhaps, how it could be of use given your particular condition. Finally, is a USB (Universal Serial Bus) secure and safe? Read on to learn whether this option is right for you.
Medical alert bracelets have become the industry standard when it comes to conveying your vital information and contact details when you are not able to do so. Medical personnel the world over always reach for one’s wrist not only to establish a pulse, but to also see whether there are any further instructions or considerations they need to take.
That said, not only is the field of medicine advancing, so is how we monitor, maintain and control records. It used to be that all medical files were locked away in rolling shelves, but nowadays primary care providers must have digital copies. This is good in that it can grant you much easier access to vital details online.
Once downloaded to your computer, you can then maintain copies and even embed up to four gigabytes of files on a USB-enabled bracelet, so that medical responders can quickly assess your current condition based on your past history.
The digital age has made all types of files easily accessible and portable. The USB flash drive on most medical alert bracelets is nested in a silicon pocket so as to protect it from the elements and provide the wearer a bit more comfort. While customizable, many will come emblazoned with the star of life so medical responders know there is more to this bracelet than meets the eye.
As previously mentioned, these bracelets range in cost based on storage capacity and model, but rarely exceed $50. They come with software as well as instructions on how to update medical files and dashboards. USB flash drive silicon bracelets should also come with emergency medical cards and an option to upgrade, as well as wristband instructions with no additional cost to you.
Also, be sure to ask about phone compatibility and whether you can create a QR code for emergency responders. This could be critical in that many field responders might only have access to a phone versus a laptop or tablet with a USB-enabled port.
USB flash drive silicon bracelets are more than just the next iteration in medical alert devices, tags and bracelets. With between two and four gigabytes of capacity, these little bands can store anywhere between 15,000 high-resolution images, such as MRI scans, to nearly a million black-and-white document pages.
This might seem like a lot, especially in an emergency situation, but the information is extremely versatile when in an in-home care center or during a lengthy hospital stay when the staff might seem forgetful or overburdened. Having ready access to your own medical history is not only empowering, but also potentially lifesaving.