Emergency medical provider survey on patients' emergency medical identification

Some people with medical conditions have emergency medical identification (EMI), also called MedicAlert, with them or on their body. Emergency medical identification may include jewelry (bracelet, necklace), wallet card, an application on the cell phone, or a tattoo. Emergency medical identification should give important details about a person’s medical history in case an emergency medical provider or bystander needs to figure out this information to treat the patient.


We are trying to learn what is helpful in EMI to the people who treat a patient in an emergency so that we can incorporate this into recommendations for patients.

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* 1. What type of emergency medical provider are you?

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* 2. In your experience, how often do patients have EMI (which may be a bracelet or necklace, wallet card, cell phone application, or tattoo) on them?

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* 3. In your experience, how often do pediatric patients (children, teenagers) have EMI on them?

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* 4. Many children and teenagers don’t think they need emergency medical identification because they are usually with someone who knows about their condition.
Do you agree that children and teenagers DO NOT need EMI?

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* 5. If you answered no, why not (select all that apply)?

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* 6. Which conditions do you think are important to have on EMI (select all that apply)?

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* 7. Where would you suggest that patients wear their EMI jewelry so that you will see it (check all that apply)?

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* 8. What medical information do you find helpful as part of EMI (check all that apply)?

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* 9. What 3 pieces of information do you think are most important as part of EMI (check 3)?

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* 10. How important is it to be able to quickly find a phone number for an emergency contact (next of kin)?

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* 11. How important is it to be able to quickly find a phone number for the patient’s doctor?

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* 12. If the EMI contains a scannable QR code, 1-800 phone number, or web link to access more information, how likely are you to use this?

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* 13. If you answered “somewhat likely” or “not very likely” to the previous question, why do you think you will not access the additional information? (check all that apply)

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* 14. How often do you check for EMI on cell phones (looking for medical information—not just personal contacts)?

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* 15. Can you describe a situation where finding EMI on a patient helped you to provide appropriate medical care and/or contact the family or doctor?

Here are some pictures to show how to set up and access EMI on cell phones. We hope this will help you to find helpful information on your patients’ cell phones.

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iPhone Health app

<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">iPhone</span> </strong>Health app

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Android MyID app

<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Android</span> MyID app</strong>

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Notepad set as lock screen

<strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Notepad</span> set as lock screen</strong>
There are many other applications for iPhone and Android. Only some are accessible on the lock screen. We recommend our patients only use apps that are accessible on the lock screen (or use their notepad to set as wallpaper on lock screen).

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* 16. Now that you have seen how to find EMI on cell phones, how likely are you to look at a patient’s cell phone for EMI (such as IPhone Medical ID and Android MyID or I.C.E.)?

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* 17. How does EMI on the cell phone compare to EMI jewelry (bracelet, necklace)?

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* 18. If you answered “more helpful,” why (select all that apply)?

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* 19. If you answered “less helpful,” why (select all that apply)?

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* 20. Would you recommend that people without a medical condition still set up their cell phone with an emergency contact?

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* 21. Do you have any additional comments?

Thank you for completing this survey.

If you have additional questions or comments, you can reach us at kderrick@montefiore.org

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