- France – Medical ID Tag or Similar?
Off to France soon, but am currently on Anti-Coagulants for a DVT. I have a card in my wallet that I have been advised to carry at all times, but it is in English.
I could get a translation done and put that in my wallet as well, but I wonder if the French look for this type of thing as I have a vague memory of Medical Bracelets or ‘Tags’.
Googling shows me lots of people who will sell me a bracelet or Tag, but no advice as to the French SOP for Ambulance crews/medical professionals
Can anyone on France or with relevant knowledge give me any pointers? Tag, Card, Bracelet, other?Posted 3 years ago
You can get six lines on a RoadID, should be enough to include French and English for main conditions. For a budget option just print on paper and wrap both sides in tape, then around your wrist.Posted 3 years ago
Cheapish silicone ones here: http://www.theidbandco.com/Alert!-Warfarin-Medicated-5053
I’ve been on warfarin for years and never bothered with ID bracelets, (even when I’ve gone to France), realistically it is quite a small chance that medical staff will need to know and that you (or somebody that you are with) can’t tell them. That said, I’ll ask around my gallic cousins 8)Posted 3 years ago
Thanks for the replies so far. Its still early days for me so the clot is still there, still large and still a danger. I have been told that “chest pains and shortness of breath = Ambulance NOW! and make sure you wave the card in front of the ambulance crew”
I wanted to make sure that I have the bases covered in France as I don’t want to restrict the family by always having an escort and I don’t want to end up slightly dead for the sake of a bit of pre-planning 😉
I also did not want to go to the time and trouble to get a home made card in the wallet if they only look for an official bracelet or something similar.Posted 3 years ago
I would be tempted to stick an empty strip/bottle of tablets in my pocket/bag as backup so they know exactly what you are takingPosted 3 years ago
I had thought of the Tattoo idea and wondered if I could make it a QR code to take people to a website with more details and multiple translations 😉
Then I remembered I don’t like pain… 😳Posted 3 years ago
Medic-alert…they keep a note of everything so when they are called they have all the details (that you gave them)…about 20 quid a year and you can go bracelet, necklace, chain or dogmas…Posted 3 years ago
another vote for Medic Alert – i was having a difficult discussion with a french ski instructor about youngest small antigee’s medical condition which ended in a smile and a no problem when I showed her medic alert dog tag
I guess you’d be very lucky to meet the same instructor just as you require medical attention but it’s a pointer 😀Posted 3 years ago
Make sure you take your EHIC!Posted 3 years ago
Madame Natrix just gave a gallic shrug and said “how would I know what the ambulance people do”, her French friends didn’t know either.
If you need a blood test over there at least they know what an INR is, that’s the advantage of having an Internationally recognised test 8)Posted 3 years ago
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