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Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin

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Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin

Jocelyn Bessette Gorlin

Nurses and health care providers recommend Emergency Medical Identification (EMI) such as Medic Alert for children of all ages with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders, but most are unsure of what type should be used and where they should be located. This is because there are no guidelines on how EMI should be worn. This project will develop guidelines for the use of Emergency Medical Identification (EMI) and develop educational information for families of children with hemophilia. Guidelines will show recommended ages to wear EMI, its use with infants, and where it should be worn or if it should be carried. In addition, this project will review barriers for not wearing EMI based on our research, including perceived lack of need, sizing concerns for infants, and the fear of being different as expressed by adolescents.