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The Leukemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of BC

Your Responsibilities
Preventing Infection

Medic-Alert® Identification

Why do I need a Medic-Alert® Identification?

A Medic-Alert® Identification bracelet or chain is strongly recommended after you undergo a bone marrow transplant. This is because every blood product that you receive must be irradiated. Irradiation inactivates the lymphocytes (a type of white cell) that could cause or worsen graft-vs-host disease. If you are taking steroids (Prednisone or Decadron), this information should be carried with you as well. 

What should I put on my Medic-Alert®?

Outside of any allergies you may have, the bracelet or chain should say:

"Bone Marrow Transplant Patient, Irradiate All Blood Products – Call MD 604-875-4343."

How do I get my Medic-Alert® Identification?

  1. Visit the Medic-Alert® web site.
  2. Or obtain an application form from your nurse.

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