UMD Student Creates Medical Bracelets to Help Save Lives

Taylor Holt
Updated: May 03, 2019 06:31 PM

"In a medical emergency, let's say that you are allergic to peanuts and you accidently consume your allergen go into anaphelectic shock and become unresponsive," said UMD Freshamn Kateyln France.

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It's a scary situation but very common. In fact, peanut allergy occurs in 1 in 50 children and 1 in 200 adults. 

As one of those people, France knows how serious of a medical emergency that can be. That's why she came up with her own way for bystanders to help others in a similar situations.

"Instead of someone standing over you and maybe having basic information, like you need a EpiPen, you can scan this bracelet. So all you have to do is take a picture of it using your standard smartphone camera, and it will link you to a webpage that holds all sorts of information," France explained.

The page contains things like your name, emergency contacts, medication list and even where on a person their medication is located for others to access.

"But the main heading is going to say 'allergy - peanuts', and this is what it looks like, this is why its happening, and here's what you need to fix it," she said.

That's the system of QR code medical bracelets she created. She got the idea as a Freshman in high school.

"We were watching medical videos in class and an ad popped up for medical bracelets, just the standard one," said France. "And I was thinking a bracelet for $200, not covered by insurance, and you get four lines of text to save someone's life in an emergency. That's not enough."

She says what she has created is a more efficient system.

"Being able to provide this information in a way that's going to be more accessible, more affordable, look better and just be able to truly help in a medical emergency is something that incredibly important to me," said france.

Right now, she has her own working prototype bracelet that takes you to her own medical page. 

Since her company's inception, she's got to pitch it to the Governor and placed 2nd in UMD's Shark Tank competition earlier this week.

"I'm getting a $2,000 scholarship this Fall so I'm super excited about that," she said.

But, she says her number one driving reason behind this is to help save lives in every way she can.

France says she plans for her first launch date to be in Fall 2020.


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