CARRY A Lifedata® CARD!
The Only Medical ID
that tells emergency medics all they need to know
in 30 seconds.
In an emergency you may be unconscious, or confused, or simply unable to talk coherently. A doctor you've never met has 30 seconds to decide how to save your life. There is no time to look in the computer or call for more information. Just 30 seconds... then follows orders for intravenous medications, fluids, blood tests, x-rays. Without Lifedata® card that you fill out in advance with details of your health, the doctor's orders will all be guesses - mistakes are common. You can suffer hours in the emergency room waiting for test results, and the bill you receive at the end reflects the panic and bungling. Worldwide - billions are wasted and millions of patients suffer delays and unnecessary tests. Some die, when they could have been saved by the information on a Lifedata® card.
This year, one in four Americans will be taken to a hospital emergency room with a sudden illness or injury. Many patients are unable to clearly communicate their problems and their past medical history to an emergency physician who knows nothing about them. Dangerous delays can occur while emergency staff try to contact the patient's own doctor or sort through hundreds of pages of unorganized electronic records. When information can't be obtained, treatment is complicated. Unnecessary laboratory tests may have to be repeated for lack of recent results, and decision have to be made about whether to use potentially dangerous drugs. Lives are lost, patients suffer longer while guesses are made, and emergency treatment bills pile up. Millions of lives are affected and billions of dollars are wasted.
With the first hand experience treating total strangers in an emergency situation, Doctor Kenneth Matsumura began to develop a simple card that anyone could use to carry details of their health history and medications. The Lifedata® card looks like a simple questionnaire, but when it is filled out, it provides all the information an emergency physician needs, in a concise, readable format. Though the card is convenient, its most important feature is the copyrighted health questionnaire. Dr. Matsumura spent fifteen years refining it so that most questions are in a simple check-off format, yet any information that might be needed in an emergency is included. Special inserts can be used to record information on unusual health conditions and, because the card is filled out by hand, the card's log can be used for information updates such as change in medication dosages. When it is completed, the Lifedata® card folds down to credit-card size so it can be carried in any wallet.
While the United States has yet to recognize the importance of having its citizens carry medical data, governments in Europe and Japan have provided extensive financing for the development of portable medical records systems. Unfortunately, the prototypes have important disdvantages. Most developers have been attracted by “hi-tech&rquo; solutions such as electronic health records, smart phone apps, and flashdrives, all which carry hundreds of disorganized medical information. In an emergency, there is really no time to sort through voluminous records, or to call some databank to read through pages of irrelevant information. Access is frequently a problem with smart phones - most nurses and medics are confused as to how to read these "tucked away" medical data. Sometimes, emergency occurs on a plane and only a comprehensive wallet card like Lifedata™ makes any practical sense.
The Lifedata® card offers a simple, efficient solution to a complex problem. With Lifedata™, all that is needed to provide anyone with a portable, comprehensive medical record are a few minutes and a ball-point pen. a small investment to save billions of dollars and millions of lives.