Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine

Original Article
SJEMed. 2020; 1(2): 58-62

Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Sondus Alraee, Arwa Albalawi, Sahar Alshowmer, Sondos Kinani, Raghad Alharthi, Dunia Jawdat, Yusra Chachar.

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Abstract

Background: A medical identification tag (MIT) can provide vital information about a personís existing medical conditions during the emergency situations. In this study, we aimed to explore the Saudi populationís awareness of MITs and their uses as well as factors affecting their knowledge of them. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in five medical cities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A total of 385 participants who met the inclusion criteria were invited to participate in the study. Data were gathered using an electronic questionnaire of 13 items exploring demographics, level of awareness, and uses of MITs. Results: Of 385 participants, 32.2% were aware of MITs. Education level was positively associated with awareness of MITs (p = 0.001). Occupational status and occupation type were significantly associated with awareness of MITs (p = 0.004 and 0.006, respectively). This cohort felt that bracelets (61.3%) and cards (61.3%) were the most effective MITs. Most (87.5%) of the participants felt that MITs are essential for those with diabetes mellitus. Conclusions: Most of the Saudi population lacks the knowledge about MITs. To improve patient safety and ease diagnoses and treatments in emergencies, it is important to educate healthcare workers, colleagues, and the general public about medical conditions that warrant the use of MITs.

Keywords:   Medical identification tag knowledge, medical identification tag uses, life-threatening medical conditions, emergency


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Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Sondus Alraee
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Arwa Albalawi
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sahar Alshowmer
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Sondos Kinani
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Raghad Alharthi
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Dunia Jawdat
King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Yusra Chachar
College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Dunia Jawdat, College of Science and Health Professions, King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; JawdatD@ngha.med.sa

Publication history
Received 05 May 2020
Accepted 31 May 2020
Published online 27 Jun 2020
Published in print 10 Jul 2020

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Alraee S, Albalawi A, Alshowmer S, Kinani S, Alharthi R, Jawdat D, Chachar Y. Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. SJEMed. 2020; 1(2): 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee S, Albalawi A, Alshowmer S, Kinani S, Alharthi R, Jawdat D, Chachar Y. Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. http://www.sjemed.com/?mno=104526 [Access: August 05, 2020]. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee S, Albalawi A, Alshowmer S, Kinani S, Alharthi R, Jawdat D, Chachar Y. Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. SJEMed. 2020; 1(2): 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee S, Albalawi A, Alshowmer S, Kinani S, Alharthi R, Jawdat D, Chachar Y. Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. SJEMed. (2020), [cited August 05, 2020]; 1(2): 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee, S., Albalawi, . A., Alshowmer, . S., Kinani, . S., Alharthi, . R., Jawdat, . D. & Chachar, . Y. (2020) Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. SJEMed, 1 (2), 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


Turabian Style

Alraee, Sondus, Arwa Albalawi, Sahar Alshowmer, Sondos Kinani, Raghad Alharthi, Dunia Jawdat, and Yusra Chachar. 2020. Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 1 (2), 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


Chicago Style

Alraee, Sondus, Arwa Albalawi, Sahar Alshowmer, Sondos Kinani, Raghad Alharthi, Dunia Jawdat, and Yusra Chachar. "Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 1 (2020), 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee, Sondus, Arwa Albalawi, Sahar Alshowmer, Sondos Kinani, Raghad Alharthi, Dunia Jawdat, and Yusra Chachar. "Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia." Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine 1.2 (2020), 58-62. Print. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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Alraee, S., Albalawi, . A., Alshowmer, . S., Kinani, . S., Alharthi, . R., Jawdat, . D. & Chachar, . Y. (2020) Exploring the awareness of medical identification tag and its uses in emergency situations in Saudi Arabia. Saudi Journal of Emergency Medicine, 1 (2), 58-62. doi:10.24911/SJEMed/72-1588628720


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