Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon
The Medical Data Carrier is a simple yet effective way to carry all of your medical information with you when you cycle. Unlike RoadID’s interactive bracelet, which requires a phone call or a visit to the RoadID website to track down your medical information, the Medical Data Carrier contains all of your important medical facts in a tiny, aerodynamic, plastic sleeve that affixes to the outside of your helmet. That way, if you’re ever involved in an accident, first responders and emergency medical services have immediate access to information that can save them time, and that could be critical to save your life.
What medical information is included?
I’m impressed by the simplicity of the Medical Data Carrier. All the information is contained on one double-sided piece of paper about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide. That doesn’t sound like much room but there’s enough space on the small form for two contact names, phone numbers and email addresses; your doctor’s name and phone number; your name, address, date of birth; a consent to treat (for minors); your blood type, medications, allergies, surgical history, miscellaneous information (e.g., if you have a pacemaker); medical plan and insurance number. There’s even a box to check if you’re an organ donor.
How does it work?
After you’ve filled out the form (the package even comes with a small pencil), you fold it and insert it into the tiny, plastic sleeve, one side of which is sticky. That’s the side you attach to the left side of your helmet.
If you’re in an accident, the first responder removes the data carrier from your helmet and calls in the crucial information to 911, which is passed on to the Emergency Medical Services, who hand it over to the hospital.
The Medical Data Carrier comes with a warning, in bold type on the outside of it: “Do not remove helmet: improper removal may cause paralysis.” When accidents happen, the first person to respond is usually a good Samaritan, not a trained medical person. Often the first thing that person does is to try to make the injured cyclist more comfortable by removing her helmet. That’s dangerous. It should only be done by a paramedic, or trained medical person.
There’s nothing to remember
Another advantage to Medical Data Carrier is that, unlike an RoadID bracelet, you can’t accidentally leave it on a counter at home. As long as you remember your helmet, you’re going to have the necessary medical information with you while you cycle, giving you a head start in the event of an accident.
It retails for $5.95. That’s a small price for a nifty little product that could save your life.
Ask about the Medical Data Carrier at your local bike store. http://www.medicaldatacarrier.com/
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