Originally,a bracelet that a person could wear to warn medical professionals in an emergency about a serious health problem. In 1953 Linda Collins, the daughter of Dr. Marion Collins and Chrissie Collins, had a near-fatal reaction to a tetanus antitoxin scratch test. The realization that their daughter could have died if given the full tetanus injection suggested the need for personal identification. Her father suggested that she carry a written warning about her allergy. She did, attaching it to a bracelet. Her parents later designed a silver identification bracelet, which bore not only a listing of her allergy but also the emblem of the medical profession — two serpents wrapped around a staff — and the words “Medic Alert.” The Collins family founded the Medic Alert Foundation in 1956 to provide emergency access to the medical records of people with potentially life-threatening conditions.
A number of US programs of public assistance for persons whose income is insufficient to pay for health care, regardless of age. Medicaid is administered on a state level, with the federal government providing matching funds to state Medicaid programs. Services and options can vary from state to state. Disabled persons who receive Social Security […]
- Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
The MCAT is a test that is required of all applicants to medical school in the U.S. and Canada. The MCAT is “a standardized test used to assess applicants’ science knowledge, reasoning, and communication and writing skills.” The MCAT is given under the aegis of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- Medical device
1. Broadly, any physical item used in medical treatment, from a cardiac pacemaker to a wheelchair. 2.In insurance terms, usually synonymous an assistive device, although it may include items more frequently thought of as medical supplies, such as dressings needed for wound care at home or syringes for self-administration of insulin.
- Medical directives, advance
(1) a living will, in which the person outlines specific treatment guidelines that are to be followed by health care providers; (2) a health care proxy (also called a power of attorney for health-care decision-making) in which the person designates a trusted individual to make medical decisions in the event that he or she becomes […]
- Medical entomology
The branch of science that deals with insects that cause disease or that serve as vectors of organisms that cause disease in humans. In medical entomology, for example, research may pertain to the interactions of the arboviruses and their hosts and involve physiology, genetics, biology, and ecology.