Medical ID bracelets for warfarin users | Warfarin Medical ID tags

Why should a warfarin user wear a Medical ID bracelet / Medical ID tag?
If you are on warfarin you should wear a medical ID bracelet, medical ID pendant, or medical ID jewellery at all times. The medical ID should detail your main medical conditions and reason warfarin is taken so if an accident occurs and you are too ill to communicate, the medical ID will alert the emergency responder to provide the appropriate care and treatment. Drug interactions may change how medication works or increase the risk of serious side effects, this interaction with warfarin can result in an increase or decrease in the ‘blood-thinning’ (anticoagulant) effect.

Warfarin is prescription medicine for patients with certain types of irregular heartbeat, or patients with prosthetic (replacement / mechanical) heart valves, and patients who have suffered a heart attack. Warfarin is used to treat or prevent venous thrombosis (swelling and blood clot in a vein) and pulmonary embolism (a blood clot in the lung) – these are harmful blood clots that form or grow in your blood and blood vessels. Statistics from the Department of Health show deep vein blood clots are a serious risk to patients and claim nearly 25,000 lives a year.

Beneficial blood clots prevent or stop bleeding, but harmful blood clots can cause a stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, or pulmonary embolism. Because warfarin interferes with the formation of blood clots, it is called an anticoagulant. Many people refer to anticoagulants as ‘blood- thinners’; warfarin however, does not thin the blood, instead it causes the blood to take longer to form a clot.

The formation of a blood clot is a complex process that involves multiple substances called clotting factors. Vitamin K is an essential vitamin needed to make clotting factors and prevent bleeding. Warfarin decreases the body’s ability to form blood clots by inhibiting the formation of vitamin K–dependent clotting factors in the liver. Therefore, by taking a medication that blocks the clotting factors, the body can stop harmful clots from forming and prevent clots from getting larger.

Paramedics and healthcare professionals would need to monitor you closely to prevent serious bleeding or clotting. It is most important to keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription, non-prescription drugs, vitamins and herbal products) this is where Medi-Tag medical ID for people using warfarin and the Medi-Tag ICE Register membership is beneficial as you can keep all your information in one safe place that is easily accessible through your Medi-Tag medical ID bracelet or medical ID jewellery, your information can be known immediately in an emergency without delay.

We produce and manufacture a range of fashionable medical ID bracelets and medical ID tags for people on warfarin, Medi-Tag medical ID is a safe way of carrying all you important information in one place. Worn at the pulse point where emergency responders are trained to look for medical ID if you are suddenly taken ill or unconscious and unable to communicate, your medical ID can provide instant knowledge about your medical condition and warfarin to assist in rapid and lifesaving treatment in an emergency situation.