View Medical Alert Bracelet Informational Videos Advice on the importance of medical alert bracelets and what specific types of medical IDs are recommended by a Hospital ER Nurse. Also advise on what information to engrave on a emergency medical id bracelet. What should my bracelet say regarding wording, etc.?
What Emergency Information Do You Put On a Medical Alert Bracelet?
Medical identification bracelets and other medical id jewelry. We receive a lot of questions on what should I put on a medical alert bracelet? What should my Medidical ID say? What medical conditions or diseases should I get a medical id? Do I need a medical bracelet for certain medical conditions, allergies, etc. What medications require a medical id? What to write on my medical ID. Medical ID engraved message examples. Which is the best medical ID, medical bracelet or a medical necklace? Should I wear a medical bracelet, necklace or charm?
Most customers engrave their full name, and an "ICE" (In case of emergency) telephone number, medical condition on the front of the medical id bracelet, and include additional medical information on the back. Medications that you are currently taking can change, that is why its important to keep a Up to date Medical Emergency Wallet ID Card provided with each purchase, and the medical card should be kept near your drivers license.
What to engrave on a Medical Alert ID Bracelet or ID Necklace?
We recommend consulting your physician if you have allergies, taking multiple medications, or have chronic medical conditions for specific instructions.
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.
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 medication that could react to any other drug that may be used for your treatment. Blood thinners are one of the most common of these medications.
Contact Phone Numbers - Another source of information for medical professionals as well as personal support for you.
MedIDs recommends engraving the words "SEE WALLET CARD" on the medic bracelet, necklace pendant or medical charm. This gives the para-medics permission to check your purse/wallet. Keep an up-to-date emergency medical id card in your wallet or purse. Keep the Med ID card updated when your medications change without having to purchase a new medical ID bracelet, etc. Your Medical ID Card, along with a Medical ID Bracelet, Pendant, etc.,does not require a cell phone, password, or a computer for paramedics to obtain your medical data.
The MedIDs card should be kept with you at all times and placed right behind your driver's license in your wallet.
The card can be updated as needed, when medications and health conditions change. Changes can frequently occur. The card is great when you visit your doctor and he/she asked "what meds are you taking?" Just show them your card. Obtain Wallet Cards Here
Who Needs to Wear a Medical ID?
Included below is a partial list of conditions or persons that should consider wearing a medical ID:
In addition to our Medical ID Alert Jewelry Catalog Selections, we have special priced Medical Condition Bracelet selections for men, women, children, kids of all ages from small to XL sizes. Popular with the elderly.
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
Purpose of a Medical ID The purpose of a
medical id is to alert paramedics and EMT's to a patient's specific medical
or allergic condition at the point in time when they're about to administer
emergency treatment. It's certainly critical for persons whose
illnesses might render them unable to speak to wear a medical id bracelet or
medical alert pendant, but anyone involved in a traumatic incident like a
car crash could be in a state of unconsciousness when help arrives.
The goal is for the patient to receive proper treatment without delay, and
to help insure that she won't receive a medication that she's allergic to.
It's commonly said that a medical id speaks for you when you're
unable to speak.
Your Doctor is the Final Authority What follows is a set of guidelines that
will help you know what you should engrave on your medical id, but there's
no substitute for the advice of a medical professional. These
guidelines will get you started, but your doctor should be the one that
makes the final recommendation for the language that will be engraved on
your medical id.
Key Components There are four pieces of information that
generally need to be engraved on a medical id alert bracelet: diagnosis or
condition, allergies (if any), patient's name, and emergency contact.
There are also things that aren't needed, such as the patient's address
(unless they have dementia) and social security number.
Personal Information Most people prefer to have personal
information out of sight, so it's most common to have the patient's
diagnosis and allergies engraved on the front of their ID bracelet, and
their name and emergency contact on the back. (note: although not all
medical id providers offer two-sided engraving, most medical id bracelets can be engraved front
and back, and that provides more room for engraving).
Common Medical Abbreviations 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'.
See Other Side If any diagnosis or allergy information
is being engraved on the back of a medical bracelet and the medical id would
have to be removed from the wrist in order to see the back side, it's best
to add the words 'See Other Side' on the front. It may use up a line
of engraving, but it helps to insure that the paramedic will know that
there's more medical information on the back. If the reverse side of
the bracelet can be viewed easily without having to remove the bracelet from
the patient's wrist, then it's probably not necessary to add 'see other
Emergency Contact When deciding whose emergency contact
phone number to engrave on a medical id, try to select the individual who is
most likely to be available to take the call. It's unwise to use
someone who travels frequently, or who frequently has to allow their calls
to go to voice mail. Many people screen their calls and only answer
those from numbers they recognize. The person whose phone number is
used on the back of a medical id bracelet will need to be someone that's
willing to answer incoming calls even when the caller id is unrecognized.
Note: if there's not enough room for diagnosis, allergies, patient name,
and phone number, the patient's name can be eliminated, but it would be
better to find a different bracelet that offers more room for engraving.
To the left is a medical bracelet sample showing
front placement. To the right is a sample showing placement of info on
the back of a medical bracelet.