The Important of Wearing a Medical Bracelet

If you someone you love suffers with medical problems, having a personalized medical alert bracelet could save a life.  A medical alert bracelet is a small piece of jewelry with a brief description of your current medical problems on it.  If you don’t like wearing a bracelet, you can find dog tags to wear around your neck.  If the patient is unconscious when help arrives, paramedics need to know a little medical history to help them assess the situation and help the patient.  If the patient has a history of heart problems, or diabetes, the medical alert bracelet will help them take greater care of the patient in regards to that medical history.

Besides your name and a short list of medical conditions or problems, here are a few other things you can have engraved onto a medical alert bracelet:

  • An emergency contact number
  • The name of your physician
  • A referral to another place for more information, for example “see wallet card for a full medical history”

It’s not important to have a list of medications engraved on your medical alert bracelet because they can change frequently.  You could keep that detailed list in your wallet, glove compartment, or an empty medicine vial in your refrigerator at home.  Keep that information updated whenever you make changes to your medication list or your emergency contact phone number changes.  It’s a good idea to check over your medical emergency list every time you test or change the batteries in your home’s smoke detector to keep it up to date.

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The E-Surge Kit made by Vortran is one of those lightweight kits that help many occupations across the medical field.

Paramedics need all types of equipment nearby to handle any type of crisis they may face.  Many times medical equipment companies will group together products that compliment each other into a kit to help the EMT’s better do their job thanks to a lighter equipment load.  The E-Surge Kit made by Vortran is one of those lightweight kits that help many occupations across the medical field.

The maker says this product, “is conveniently packaged for Emergency Backup Ventilator Surge and Response.  It contains multi-outlet manifold stand, pressure regulator and gauge, VAR-Plus, VAR-Monitor, oxygen flow meter, heavy-duty oxygen hose, and HME filters.” The E-Surge is designed to be a short-term ventilator while out in the field or on scene of a crisis situation.

The E-Surge is a backup and disposable ventilator system that can operate and offer help to multiple patients at one time.  The company claims that it’s more affordable than a standard ventilator that you might use in a hospital so medics and hospitals can stockpile the disposable ventilators.   This would come in helpful during times of natural disaster or an enormous crisis.  EMT’s can easily carry the E-Surge kit around while looking for survivors and the injured and administer life-saving oxygen.

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Flight Physiology for Pilots

While Physiology is the basic understanding of how the mechanisms of living things work, the basic flight Physiology is the science of how pilots keep things together in flights.  It’s an enormous responsibility to pilot an aircraft, especially when you consider all the things pilots must juggle.

The general public doesn’t hear about a pilot’s problems or heroics unless it turns into a crisis situation.  You probably know the name Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.  He’s the US Airways pilot that successfully crash landed his plane into New York’s Hudson River after a flock of geese disabled the engines on January 15, 2009.  All 155 on board survived the crash and public praise was offered to “Sully” for his heroic actions.

Truth be told, many pilots make heroic decisions and save lives every day, but because there isn’t a dramatic rescue in the middle of the river, you never hear about it.  You may have benefited from one of those decisions and never knew you were in trouble.  That pilot was able to make the right decision and save lives.

Everyday, pilots deal with personal challenges like vertigo and disorientation due to long hours in the cockpit.  They must fight fatigue from long hours and work schedules.  Their daily intake of caffeine, alcohol, and over the counter medication is scrutinized and can have a direct impact on a plane full of passengers and crew.  Piloting an aircraft is a huge responsibility and knowing their limits and expertise helps the men and women who take the charge of pilot maintain quality air travel for travelers everyday.

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Nursing Degrees

Nursing students have several avenues of education to travel depending where they want to spend their career.  Degree and Certification opportunities include:

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN):  Students must complete 12-18 months of study before taking and passing the state license exam.  This is a great way to get your foot in the door to the hospital.  You can always return to school while working to get more education and more certification.

Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN):  Nursing students generally have to be accepted into a nursing program and complete 2 years of study to gain their ADN.  While an Associate’s degree is helpful, you should know that many hiring hospitals or companies prefer or even require nurses to have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN):  Students attending an accredited nursing program can receive their bachelor degree in about four years if they’re working as a full time student.  A 4-year BSN is a popular choice among new nursing students because of its versatility in the medical field.

Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN):  Once you’ve earned a Bachelor’s degree, you can return to nursing school to work towards a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree.  Typically, if studying full time, a student can complete the program in about two years.

Doctorate Degree (DNP) or (DNS):  There are two courses of nursing doctorate degrees: Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS).  Either of them can be acquired in about three years beyond earning a MSN.

Find out more about what it required to become a flight nurse here.

Once a degree is earned, students must pass the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN), or for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).