Why should you or your loved one wear a medical id bracelet?
Wearing a medical id bracelet and knowing what to engrave is important
Because you never know.
You never know when you leave the house what will happen. Actually, let me rephrase that. You never know what will happen at home either.
If you are in a situation where you are unable to clearly speak your medical needs, you should have your medical id bracelet on. Typically the bracelet is worn on the left hand but EMS technicians are trained to look at either wrist. Your medical alert info can also be engraved on a necklace or other obvious piece of jewelry. I have even seen medical info permanently tattooed or temporary tattooed on wrists. The most important consideration is visibility.
For my son, we always use a plastic laminated bag tag attached to his diaper bag, sports bag or epipen bag. The bag tag has a large medical symbol, emergency instructions and contact numbers. I can’t tell you how many times the bag was left at a Starbucks or similar venue. Once the employees see the medical sign, they call right away.
Consider including the following information on your medical alert:
Let’s talk about each of these identifiers.
You can engrave your first name if you prefer however it is generally better to have both first and last name if there is space. Be sure to engrave the name you answer to. For example, if your name is Jennifer but you haven’t answered to that name since 1984, use the name you go by. (Jenny, etc) In an emergency you might respond faster to your nickname.
Your medical condition is also important to identify. Be selective with what you engrave, you don’t need to list them all. Let’s say you have diabetes, lymphedema risk, and ADHD. Space is limited, go with what’s life threatening and disabling. In this case diabetes in super important. Lymphedema risk is important also but ADHD knowledge might not be needed right away.
Another consideration for allergies is to only engrave the important ones. If your child (like mine) has a peanut allergy but also is allergic to dust mites, I would only engrave the anaphylactic allergy. Peanuts make his throat close and is life threatening. Sure, dust mites cause asthma but in an emergency, it’s about immediate threats.
This one is frequently misunderstood. I often see engraving that says, “penicillin”. The person wearing the medical bracelet clearly knows that he or she is allergic to penicillin. It is confusing to others whether or not they are taking penicillin or allergic to it. Don’t be overly vague. If space is an issue, look into abbreviations. “PCN ALLERGY” is excellent in this case.
This is your call. I’ve seen tags engraved with and without. The vast majority don’t but if it’s important then please do. A friend of mine has a young daughter with a heart condition, the heart hospital phone number is engraved on her tag. In this situation, that’s necessary. Generally isn’t a right answer for whether or not to include your physician’s phone number on the medical id bracelet or alert.
This can be important in an emergency. I recommend having a reliable contact engraved on the tag. Often something like, “MOM 555 555.1212” is great. Consider not having the parenthesis around the area code. It’s just adding clutter to the numbers. I like to use dots or periods instead.
I hope this quick synopsis helps you!
Christina Henry Fiddledee ID’s Medical ID Jewelry