What do EMT's Look for on a patient?
Emergency Medical Technicians (commonly referred to as EMT's) are trained as first responders, to look first for a medical ID bracelet and other forms of medical identification (such as a medical alert necklace or pendant), and then for medical wallet cards. Because of the urgent nature of emergency situations, it's important to have your medical information quickly and easily available to the medical personnel via one of the aforementioned forms of medical identification. If the medical personnel are unable to quickly locate your medical information they will begin treating you without any prior knowledge of your condition and/or allergies.
We receive a lot of questions on what should I put on a medical alert bracelet or necklace pendant? What Should I write on Medical ID? What should medical Id say? Should be used at diagnosis of medical condition.
Yes, Paramedics do look for Medical ID Bracelets, etc.! Do I Need a Medical ID? What Should my Medical ID say?
Emergency Information You Put On a Medical Alert ID Regardless of Medical Condition!
Your Name - Speeds treatment by helping first responders communicate with you in case of an emergency.
Medical Condition - The most important item to engrave on your Medical ID Jewelry is your underlying medical condition/s, if you have Seizures, Diabetes, Heart Conditions, etc. This speaks on your behalf when you are unable to do so. Engrave the condition, i.e., Brain Aneurysm, Diabetic, Taking Blood Thinners, Allergic to Insect Stings, etc. Keep your ID wallet card up to date regarding meds or other info regarding the condition.
Allergies - This includes severe allergic reactions that cause anaphylactic shock such as food allergies or insect stings to drug allergies. This will keep EMTs from administering a medication that could make your condition worse.
Medications - This is extremely important if you take a high risk medication like Blood Thinners, these should be noted on the ID. Note medicine's change quite often. Good idea to keep an up-to-date wallet card with current list of prescription medicines and engrave "SEE WALLET CARD" on bracelet or necklace. .
Contact Phone Numbers - Another source of information for medical professionals as well as personal support for you. Almost all of our medical bracelets, dog tags, necklaces, pendants and watch straps can be custom engraved on the FRONT and on the BACK SIDES!
There are a number of standard medical abbreviations that can be used to save room (see below). Most of these are international in scope and acceptance, but not all. Pay close attention to the use of upper and lower case letters in the abbreviation. Extraneous words should be left out if possible. For example, it's not necessary to engrave 'Taking Coumadin'. Just the word 'Coumadin' is sufficient. And, rather than engraving 'Allergic to Penicillin', just say 'No Penicillin'. The same is true for food allergies. If you're allergic to nuts, just say 'No Nuts'. If you want to say that the patient has no allergies whatsoever, that can be abbreviated 'NKA'. 'No procedures in left arm' can be abbreviated as 'No Proc's L Arm'.
Some medical bracelets are pre-engraved with the Medical Condition on the front, and custom information is added to the back side as follows.
SEE WALLET CARD
Custom personalization medical information is added to both the front and back of the bracelet as follows, depending on your preference and the amount of information you feel is needed.
DIABETES TYPE II
ALLERGIC TO PCN
SEE WALLET CARD
All items feature personalized engraving. This means you can select whatever style you want for any medical condition, allergy, taking certain medications, etc., and engrave the details that work best for you, your parent or child!