It’s considered an act of love to put microchips in pets so they can be identified if they’re lost. But here’s a burning question – should grandma and grandpa be chipped?
According to the Washington Post, “human tagging” was approved by the FDA 8 years ago. The idea was to give hospitals and emergency personnel instant access to a patient’s medical records – including allergies, current medications, and emergency contact information, which is critical if the patient can’t provide the information, because, say, they’re unconscious or they suffer from Alzheimer’s. And with over 5 million Alzheimer’s patients in the U.S. alone – a number that’s expected to double every decade - the information could be critical.
The chips aren’t noticeable - about the size of a grain of rice. And hospitals all over North America have hand-held devices to scan them, providing instant access to computer medical records, as well as instructions for organ donation and other end-of-life issues.
Supporters of microchipping people say it would provide peace of mind for family and caretakers. But, privacy advocates think “chipping” people is creepy.
So, what do you think? Are medical I.D. chips a smart wave of the future? Would you have one injected in your arm – or your mother’s?