To the Editor.—
I would like to add an item to Dr Jonathan Mann's helpful review of procedures and practices to protect the health of the international traveler (1983;249:24). This is to remind physicians of an important service for the international traveler, namely, the Medic Alert Emergency Medical Identification System. Patients planning a trip abroad should know of this means of protection and help in an emergency. The distinctive Medic Alert metal disk, worn on the wrist or about the neck, the wallet card, and the around-the-clock telephone answering service to give access to the member's medical file provide three levels of emergency service. With more than two million members and 16 worldwide affiliates, Medic Alert has more than 25 years of experience assisting travelers in medical emergencies. Physicians who suggest Medic Alert membership to patients planning international travel are offering them a valuable means of health protection.At $15
Wheatley GM. Medic Alert in Emporiatrics. JAMA. 1983;250(17):2284. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03340170022009
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