Health Chats
Learn How to Improve the Lives of All Affected by Autism
Wednesday Apr 25, 2012, 08:00PM - 09:00PM (EST)
Bridget A. Hewitt, RNBlankBlank
Did you know that half of all children with autism wander and more than one-third of those children are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number? In a recent survey from the Interactive Autism Network, wandering was ranked among the most stressful behaviors by fifty-eight percent of parents. To combat the fear and anxiety families experience, should their loved one with autism wander, MedicAlert Foundation offers medical IDs supported by a live 24/7 emergency support network.<br><br> MedicAlert’s Kid Smart program offers parents the extra reassurance that their children are protected in the event of an emergency. Emergency responders and hospital staff have immediate access to a child’s up-to-date contact and medical information to make the most informed decisions on treatment and care. MedicAlert Foundation services are designed to provide peace-of-mind and security. Take steps now to ensure that you and your child are prepared in case of an emergency.<br><br> MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, the most responsive, the most intelligent and the most trusted Emergency Identification and Medical Information Network. MedicAlert provides the functionality of an e-health information exchange through an innovative combination of a unique patient identifier linked to a PHR and a live 24/7 emergency response service. In addition to its 24-hour emergency response service, MedicAlert Foundation International also provides family and caregiver notification so that members can be reunited with their loves ones. Visit www.medicalert.org for more information.
Nurse Bridget:
MedicAlert alert can provide a positive ID to authorities if an individual is found and unable to identify themselves.  The family contacts will also be notified that the "wanderer" has been found.  
MedHelp:
Thank You MedicAlert, Nurse Bridget and everyone who participated in the chat today!  
MedHelp:
You can always find more information about MedicAlert’s Kid Smart Program at www.medicalert.org.