We receive a lot of questions on what should I put on a medical alert bracelet or necklace pendant? What should medical Id say?
Do I Need a Medical ID? What Should my Medical ID say?
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.
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.
- 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.
Medical alert jewelry can save your life in an emergency situation. Medical alert jewelry comes in a very traditional silver color, stainless steel as well as other medals. These items should have a medical "star of life", the internationally known and recognized in case of emergency ( I.C.E. ) symbol on the front, usually in red and have important medical alerts engraved on the inside of bracelet. This engraving will inform first responders about the reason the person is wearing the bracelet. Some common reasons for wearing medical alert jewelry are that the person is diabetic or epileptic or that he or she has a severe allergy to common medications, or have medical implants.
The alert Id, bracelet or necklace tag, will let others know of the medications to which you are allergic and your condition.
The medical alert jewelry available comes in many varieties other than the older unfashionable silver bracelets. Many people prefer to wear Id necklaces because they do not get in the way and more discreet. Other choices are preferable by young people, especially kids and teens who need to wear medical jewelry, such as medical charms in the form as a charm bracelet or the newer silicone rubber style bracelets and wristbands. Be careful in the choice of bracelets so that the "medical bracelet doesn't look like a medical bracelet". Be sure the I.C.E. logo on the Id is very noticable, and you can yet still keep the personal information less obvious until it's needed if you desire to do so in an elegant fashionable style of jewelry.
Medications that you are currently taking can change, that is why its important to keep a Up to date Medical Emergency Wallet ID Card and the medical card should be kept near your drivers license.
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
Included below is a partial list of conditions or persons that need to consider wearing a medical ID bracelet, etc.:
ADD/ADHD Bariatric Alert for Bariatric surgery patients (RNY gastric bypass)
Blood disorders (Hemophilia)
COPD CPAP User
Cystic Fibrosis Dialysis Patient DNR Drug clinical trial patients Epilepsy, Seizures
Emphysema Epi Pen Patient Factor V Blood Disorder Lens Implants Living Will
Kidney failure Kidney Transplant
Malignant Hyperthermia, Mental health patients Morphine Allergy
Multiple Sclerosis Myasthenia Gravis Organ Donor
Poloymyositis, Auto Immune Diseases Taking multiple medications
Scleroderma Sight or Hearing impaired
Special needs children
Tourette Syndrome Von Willebrand's
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!
Wearing medical alert jewelry can
speed the assessments made by first responders, and healthcare professionals
agree that early identification of a medical condition or allergy can save
Harmful medical errors can be
avoided by simply wearing a brief description of a medical condition
engraved on a Medical ID bracelet or necklace. Guided by this
important information, emergency teams can immediately recognize a person’s
health condition and provide appropriate and time sensitive care.
Emergency first responders are trained to look for a Medical ID when coming
in contact with an individual.
Who should wear Medical ID jewelry?
Anyone living with a chronic or rare medical condition such as
diabetes, asthma, or a heart
condition; a person who is allergicto certain foods, drugs or insects; and people who take multiple
medications or blood thinners. For all of these conditions as well as
others, medical alert jewelry is a vital accessory.
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.