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Medical Identification

Should a person with von Willebrand disease carry medical identification?

Yes. Every person with VWD should wear a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace. Von Willebrand disease is not well known and not easily diagnosed. In the case of an injury or other emergency, the Medic Alert bracelet will be very helpful to medical personnel.

A person with VWD should always let medical personnel know that he/she has a bleeding disorder. As the person with VWD is very likely to be more knowledgeable about the disease than these non-specialists, he/she should not hesitate to inform them.

Most importantly, he/she should insist on adequate treatment to control bleeding in the event of a serious injury, or surgery. This may mean refusing consent for a dangerous surgical procedure. Medical personnel should be told to get in immediate contact with a Hemophilia/Bleeding Disorder Treatment Centre for advice concerning VWD.