SPOKANE, Wash. — A Spokane man has developed a new product that is designed to keep people with diabetes alive during low blood sugar emergencies.
The device is a quick release necklace filled with an edible glucose gel that can be ingested in case of emergency.
EMT Kris Maynard invented the necklace after experiencing an emergency during a family camping trip.
"I went into really a loss of consciousness when I was camping with my kids. I was camping in the middle of Coeur D'Alene in the forest. It took them 25 [EMTs] minutes to get there," Maynard said.
In the 25 minutes it took EMTs to arrive, Maynard said his family could have administered the glucose gel if he were wearing the necklace.
"I don't like the added stress that I give to them, but I think this product gives them comfort just as much as it gives me," Maynard said.
Each necklace has a pendent decorated with a blue circle to represent diabetes awareness and can be personalized with the user’s contact information.