PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - A Portsmouth company wants to help make sure medical personnelknow all they need to know about a person in the event of a medicalemergency.
James Ramsey and his family faced a situation when hisgrandmother fell and broke her hip just after moving to Norfolk.The rescue squad did not know her medical history because hermedical records were still in Florida.
"During the pre-op interview before she went in for surgery,they're asking questions of myself and my mom and dad and we wereunable to answer most of their questions we were asked," saidRamsey, president of VIVRE Medical.
Ramsey tried to find a solution.
"And so I looked on the internet and thought there has to be abetter solution than what we experienced and there wasn't," hesaid.
Ramsey, who owns the VIVRE Medical company in Portsmouth,developed a personal electronic device to help.
"Everybody invents things," he said. "Everybody has anidea."
His idea was the LifeGuard30, an inexpensive mini-computer aperson carries on a keychain.
"It has emergency contact information. It has information onyour insurance. It has all of your current and past medicalconditions, so you can't possibly fit on a bracelet all theinformation that the paramedics want to know about you."
Users are required to update your information periodically.
Rescue squads are trained to look for medical bracelets andwallet cards. Can these devices be another useful tool?
"It could be helpful, sure," said Bruce Nedelka withVirginia Beach EMS. "It'll be a piece of the pie, or the puzzle,that we use when we're on a scene and to help somebody who isn'table to communicate."
Medical personnel will need to be trained to recognize thedevices.
A link to the Lifeguard30 website can be found here .
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