More than 4 million adults and children have a condition that potentially requires them to carry emergency medication around with them. Conditions such as epilepsy, asthma, diabetes and certain allergies mean that medication must be available if an emergency was to take place such as an epileptic seizure. There are 600,000 people with epilepsy in the UK and almost half (48%) experience seizures.
One of the most vulnerable group needing emergency medication are school children with many schools not having clear processes in place for informing teachers about medication and ignorance from teachers about what to do in an emergency. There are more than 8.2 million pupils attending 24,372 schools across England and health experts are encouraging all schools to have clearly labelled emergency medication alongside photo ID to verify who the medication is for alongside treatment instructions.
An innovative product has been created to deal with the issues surrounding emergency medication and came from direct personal experience. When Jessica Tarrant was diagnosed with a condition that required her to carry medicine with her at all times, her mother Jayne was suddenly faced with the challenge of what to put it in. As well as needing to carry it always, the school needed a set with photo ID and a treatment plan. After using an old make-up bag that she embarrassingly handed over at parties and clubs, she soon began to realise she wasn't alone and so sat at her kitchen table and designed something that would fulfil all the requirements that was deemed necessary.