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Last post 17 Dec 2018, 1:23 PM by Mark Davies. 0 replies.
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  •  17 Dec 2018, 1:23 PM 2703

    Anaesthetic Alert Assistance

    We read with interest the review by S Rahman et al of medical identification and alert jewellery, and were struck by the role that we as anaesthetists/peri-operative physicians could play in keeping stored information accurate, useful and relevant. The almost ubiquitous nature of smart phone technology presents an invaluable opportunity to help patients in storing and communicating important and potentially complex medical information, and to act as an alert if they are admitted to hospital unable to understand or convey the information for themselves. A medical alert could provide not only generic information such as weight, BMI, allergy status and blood group but also more specific, and perhaps less patient-friendly information of anaesthetic relevance. This could include ease of facemask ventilation, ease of intubation and efficacy of various airway adjuncts - information which may be difficult or impossible to access via other routes, particularly at short notice. As anaesthetists are ideally placed to help patients, help us to help them - ultimately allowing the provision of safer patient care.

    R. Chisholm

    M. Davies

    Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust,

    Liverpool, UK

    Email: mwd@mac.com


    No external funding and no conflicts of interest declared.



    1. Rahman S, Walker D, Sultan P. Medical identification or alert jewellery: an opportunity to save lives or an unreliable hindrance? Anaesthesia 2017; 72: 1139-45.

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