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Wandering Autistic Teen Safely Reunited with Family by MedicAlert Foundations Emergency Support Network


St. Petersburg, Florida (PRWEB) January 26, 2012

Half of all autistic children wander and more than one-third of those children are unable to communicate their name, address or phone number. 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. MedicAlert Foundation praised three firefighters from the Lealman Fire District for their coordination and honored in safely returning a MedicAlert member with autism who had wandered away from home.

Acting Lieutenant Ronald J. Neuberger, who was recognized at the ceremony, described the firefighters actions after receiving a call to evaluate a lost child. She was autistic and could not tell us anything at all. She was wandering around a fairly busy road. She had on a MedicAlert ID band and we were able to call MedicAlert and locate her home. If it were not for the MedicAlert ID, we might not have been able to locate her home as quickly and this could have put more stress on the child. When we returned the child home, I explained to the parents that we were able to get her home due to the band she was wearing. We were relieved when we were told that she never leaves home without it.

During last weeks ceremony at the Lealman Fire District, MedicAlert President and CEO, Andrew Wigglesworth, presented the Foundations Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award to Acting Lieutenant Neuberger, Paramedic Brian Barnes and Firefighter/EMT Randy Groves. Wigglesworth applauded the three firefighters for recognizing the MedicAlert ID and immediately contacting MedicAlerts emergency response team for the members medical history, emergency contacts, and identification. Our member had wandered away from home and thanks to these firefighters quick response, the MedicAlert emergency response team was able to work with these firefighters to communicate with the members family and safely reunite the member with loved ones said Wigglesworth.

Wandering is Major Stressor for Autistic Families

According to a recent survey from the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), wandering was ranked among the most stressful behaviors by fifty-eight percent of parents. Sixty-two percent of families of children who wander were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering, and forty percent of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of wandering. Families dealing with autism have a real need for peace-of-mind and security; Christine Goulbourne, representative for the Autism Societys Florida chapter, emphasized this point at the award ceremony. Parents and family members of individuals with Autism share a common fear, and that is we are never truly at peace in the absence of our child or loved one with Autism, said Goulbourne. We worry about whether or not theyre being cared for, protected, or treated fairly. If they go missing, that worry is amplified by an agonizing terror. A child with Autism that is unable to communicate effectively will wander for hours or days if unfound; they will not recognize signs of danger.

The IAN survey states that two in three parents report their missing children had a close call with a traffic injury. As the mother of a child affected by Autism, Goulbourne highlighted the seriousness of this specific wandering event in which a traffic injury was thwarted. This story could have ended tragically, but it didnt, she said. The heroic and collaborative efforts of the MedicAlert team and these three courageous respondents, their strict attention to detail and awareness of this extremely special circumstance, safely reunited a lost child with Autism with her family.

To learn more about MedicAlert membership, MedicAlert medical IDs or the MedicAlert Foundation Extraordinary Meritorious Service Award, visit http://www.medicalert.org or email marketing(at)medicalert(dot)org.

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit 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. MedicAlert Foundation medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a members primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. 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 loved ones. Visit http://www.medicalert.org for more information.

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MedicAlert Foundation and Autism Society Partner to Raise Support for National Autism Awareness Month

Turlock, CA (PRWEB) March 28, 2012

The MedicAlert Foundation, the leader in emergency medical information and identification services, is planning the launch of a special campaign aimed at raising awareness about the special needs and challenges facing individuals with autism and their families to coincide with the annual National Autism Awareness Month. During the month of April, the Foundation will donate $ 5 to the Autism Society from the sale of each MedicAlert Kid Smart membership purchased for a child with autism.

MedicAlerts 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 childs up-to-date contact and medical information to make the most informed decisions on treatment and care. In support of National Autism Awareness Month, MedicAlert Foundation is not only donating $ 5 for new members enrolled, it is giving a free sports band to new members during the month of April.

“The Autism Society has been providing much-needed resources to the autism community on safety, emergency preparedness, and risk management since the 1990s,” said Autism Society President and COO, Scott Badesch. “We are very excited to further the effort of our initiatives through this valuable program with MedicAlert Foundation and are grateful for their services.”

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. MedicAlert recently issued an award to three firefighters in St. Petersburg, FL for their coordination and partnership in safely returning a MedicAlert member with autism who had wandered away from home.

Acting Lieutenant Ronald J. Neuberger, who was recognized at the awards ceremony, described the firefighters actions after receiving a call to evaluate a lost child. She was autistic and could not tell us anything at all. She was wandering around a fairly busy road. She had on a MedicAlert ID band and we were able to call MedicAlert and locate her home. If it were not for the MedicAlert ID, we might not have been able to locate her home as quickly and this could have put more stress on the child. When we returned the child home, I explained to the parents that we were able to get her home due to the band she was wearing. We were relieved when we were told that she never leaves home without it.

MedicAlert Foundation services are designed to provide peace-of-mind and security. We provide medical IDs that are recognized by first responders and health professionals, supported by a 24/7 emergency response service which relays the members medical history, emergency contacts and identification, explained Andrew Wigglesworth, President and Chief Executive Officer of MedicAlert Foundation. We are committed to do our part in raising awareness about autism and are pleased to support the efforts of the Autism Society during the National Autism Awareness Month.

About the Autism Society

The Autism Society, the nations leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Together with over 150 chapters nationwide, the Autism Society increases public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocates for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and provides the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy. For more information, visit http://www.autism-society.org.

About MedicAlert Foundation

Established in 1956, the nonprofit 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. MedicAlert Foundation International medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a members primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. 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 loved ones. Visit http://www.medicalert.org for more information.







Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) Partners With MedicAlert Foundation on Vital Program That Can Help Save Lives

McLean, VA (PRWEB) June 17, 2013

For those faced with life-threatening anaphylaxis, communicating the severity of a medical emergency quickly is critical. Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) and the MedicAlert Foundation are pleased to announce their partnership and the MyVoice program, designed to help protect individuals with food allergies with life-saving services.

In an anaphylactic emergency, a MyVoice MedicAlert membership ensures emergency responders and hospital staff receive your childs or your own medical information within moments. MedicAlert identification products could save a life in the event that a reaction has progressed to the point that an individual becomes incapacitated and cannot communicate. Using medical identification products is recommended in the food allergy clinical guidelines developed by an expert panel sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

The MedicAlert Foundation has been a longtime supporter of our organization. We believe this partnership has tremendous benefits to our members and the food allergy community it is about keeping our loved ones with food allergies safe, said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. Emergency responders are trained to look for MedicAlert identification products when treating patients in emergency situations, and we follow the lead of the national clinical guidelines in recommending that every individual with a food allergy wear these potentially life-saving accessories.

For children with food allergies, a MedicAlert ID can also serve as a signal that will remind those caring for them to avoid serving the childs food allergen.

Our partnership with FARE is critical to furthering our shared mission of protecting people during times of need, said Andrew B. Wigglesworth, president & CEO of MedicAlert Foundation. For over 50 years, MedicAlert Foundation has been providing vital health information on behalf of our members in all types of emergencies. Through this partnership, our objective is to help ensure individuals with food allergies receive quick and effective treatment in an emergency and that first responders have the necessary information to provide quality care.

The MedicAlert Foundation stores an individuals medical information and links it to his or her personalized medical ID. Additionally, a MyVoice MedicAlert membership provides family notification service in the event of an emergency, 24 hours a day. The MyVoice program provides a 10 percent discount on MedicAlert memberships for both adults and children. The Kid Smart and adult memberships through FARE come with a free basic medical ID, or a $ 10 credit toward an upgraded medical ID product.

The MedicAlert Foundation will donate 20 percent of proceeds from these MyVoice memberships to FARE to help support food allergy education, advocacy, awareness and research programs.

For more information, please visit http://www.medicalert.org/fare.

ABOUT FARE

Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. or roughly two in every classroom. Formed in 2012 as a result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative, FAREs mission is to ensure the safety and inclusion of individuals with food allergies while relentlessly seeking a cure. We do this by providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government, increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue and investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of food allergies. For more information, please visit http://www.foodallergy.org

ABOUT MEDICALERT FOUNDATION

Established in 1956, the nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation pioneered the use of medical IDs and delivers the most dependable, responsive, and 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 personal health record and a live 24/7 U.S.-based emergency response service. MedicAlert Foundation International medical IDs alert emergency personnel to a members primary health conditions, medications or implanted medical devices. 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 loved ones. For more information on MedicAlert Foundation, please visit: http://www.medicalert.org.