Due to major internal injuries, I was rushed immediately to the ICU and into surgery. They kept me in a medicated coma for 4 days with a surgery each day. Upon reading the medical reports, I would see a directive to administer an anti-inflammatory during this time. Since my Road ID clearly indicated allergies to Aspirin, NSAIDS and anti-inflammatory drugs, an attentive nurse caught this mistaken directive and alerted the on call doctors that I was allergic to the medication they were about to give me. This happened more than a few times during this first week.
Needless to say, with multiple rib fractures and a severely punctured lung, breathing was already compromised. My allergic reaction to this medication is respiratory distress which certainly would have caused additional complications.
Due to the massive internal bleeding, the doctors needed to work quickly and my Road ID provided all the information needed to put a name to the face, contact my wife and alert them to my allergies.
- Todd .B from LA CRESCENTA, CA