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Medic Alert with an ID Bracelet or other Jewelry
If you have a chronic medical condition or severe allergy, are you wearing proper identification in the case of an emergency? Medical identification jewelry and/or tags are essential in alerting people as to any medication you may be taking. They can also let doctors and nurses know what disease you may have.
Medical ID tags and jewelry can not only save precious time in helping diagnose the reason for the emergency, but can also direct the treating physicians of any allergies you may suffer from when you cannot speak for yourself.
Paramedics are trained to check your wrists first, then for a necklace and finally your shoes (some people wear shoe tags) for any medical information to assist them in treating you. If you are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate, your medical ID tags will convey important information when time is crucial. Importantly, medical identification jewelry can help prevent serious medical errors in treatment if you have a drug allergy, or are already taking a combination of certain prescriptions.
Who Should Wear Medical Identification Jewelry?
1. If you have any of the following conditions:
- Heart Disease
- Cerebral Palsy
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson's Disease
- Food allergies
- Medication allergies
- Other allergies (i.e, bee stings)
2. If you are taking certain medications or using medical devices:
- Blood thinners
- Multiple medications
3. When Recommended by your Doctor or Physician
4. In the following circumstances: ALWAYS.
If not consistently, then at least when you:
- Operate heavy machinery
- Are otherwise away from home or in unfamiliar surroundings
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What Information Should be Included on Medical ID Jewelry?
- Emergency contact
- Phone number (who should medics call?)
- Condition and/or medication
Generally, the EMS star (a rod of Asclepius symbol over a sideways cross) will alert people to the fact your bracelet, necklace or tag is a medical ID. The rod of Asclepius -a serpent entwined around a staff - is a traditional symbol of medicine, signifying the practice of healing through medicine.
S. Hicks (202) 555-5555 Diabetes: Insulin
But ID Bracelets are Unattractive!
True, some medical ID bracelets are made of stainless steel and not particularly attractive. You can often purchase these inexpensive items at drug store counters, or through mail order catalogs, often found in trade or specialty magazines. If appearance is stopping you from wearing identification jewelry, there are many additional options. Fine jewelry stores offer sleek 14K gold and sterling silver bracelets and charms. Tags can be engraved with your information and emergency contact information. Watches are available, as well.
What about my Child? How can I encourage him or her to wear Identification?
If your child suffers from a chronic illness, has severe allergies, or is taking medication that warrants a medical identification, it is extremely important that he or she consistently wear the proper ID. Obviously, you cannot be with your child every minute of the day, particularly when they begin school, sports and other extra-curricular activities. Children may complain that a bracelet is ugly, or otherwise "not cool" to wear. Fortunately, there are many websites that cater specifically to children, selling unique, fun designs of medical jewelry. Make sure the fit is proper; too loose and the bracelet may come off; too tight and it will be uncomfortable. Alternatively, or in addition to medical jewelry, shoe tags are a great idea for active kids and adults, as well. The security of the tag will not be lost during strenuous workouts or other sports in which a bracelet or necklace would interfere.
Medical Identification Jewelry: A Lifesaving Story
Medical identification can truly save your life!
One year ago, my friend's father, a diabetic patient on insulin, was purchasing some new tires for his truck. He was unaware that his blood sugar was dropping rapidly and that he was beginning to have a severe hypoglycemic episode. Slightly incoherent, he finished the transaction, got into the truck and drove away.
Fortunately, the salesperson at the store had noticed the medic alert bracelet on my friend's father's wrist and figured there might be an explanation for the man's strange behavior. After he left, the store called 911 and expressed their concerns about the situation. Medics found the man 10 minutes later, pulled over alongside of the road, passed out. His blood sugar level was 10 mg/dl and he was near death. He was rushed to the hospital and received proper treatment - just in time!
There are many stories similar to this one, in which people will attest to the saving power of wearing medical identification jewelry or tags. However, they can only be of assistance if you actually use them! Don't wait another day for a serious situation to arise. Explore the many websites that offer unique, beautiful and/or just plain functional medical identifications. The peace of mind alone is worth the small investment.
© 2008 Stephanie Marshall
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on January 05, 2012:
Great to hear! I am diabetic too and always wear my bracelet. For men a shoe tag may be a more convenient medical identification. Best, Steph
Laela Winkelmann on January 05, 2012:
Thank you for writing this helpful article. I didn't know about the shoe tags and they are probably the only kind my severely diabetic husband will wear. I'm going to order some right now! Many thanks!
John Davis on January 03, 2012:
it’s an effective information I found in this article. It has good worth to share with others.
Angel Cameo on March 15, 2011:
Interesting Hub. I personally don't have a condition tht warrants the wearing of a bracelet of such, but my step son when he was a kid was deathly allergic to bees. I don't remember ant tags that was attached to the shoe laces back then or we just didn't think about that spot. I sure think it is a wonderful idea for a child to wear their medical ID tag on the shoelace.
Marvin Middleton on February 21, 2011:
Great page. Keep it up
ncuxapa_ on February 19, 2011:
Very good. I am medical student and I still learned a lot.
Titanium Jewelry on December 26, 2010:
woow! Is this not simply awesome? I have never thought of a thing like this until now
Medical ID Bracelets on December 21, 2010:
Yuck. Most of the medical bracelets I've seen look sooo dorky. I'm trying to get one for my mom and the best I've seen have been at N-StyleID.com. Anyone else seen anything better?
Prince Andrew on December 17, 2010:
I recommend the Just5 cell phone more than any medical ID jewelry. This phone can offer serious help during emergencies. It can automatically call for help in just a press of a button. Plus, the phone is affordable and you have the option to choose prepaid plans ranging from 10 to 40 dollars every month. I learned about this phone at www.just5.com.
gold gemstone jewelry on November 17, 2010:
Do they make any of these help bracelets in something a little more attractive? I know they are supposed to get the attention of the person helping, but still, who wants to wear that funky bracelet?
Funom Theophilus Makama from Europe on October 10, 2010:
woow! Is this not simply awesome? I have never thought of a thing like this until now
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on September 22, 2010:
Thanks Locket Girl - there are many options for medical identification jewelry!
Locket Girl on September 22, 2010:
I didn't know these kind of jewellery exists! And I am surprising that it looks great too.
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 14, 2010:
Hi GmaGoldie - thank you so much. I am a firm believer in medical ID jewelry. I always wear my 24-K gold ID bracelet!
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on July 14, 2010:
Very Important Hub! I love all of your Hubs! Wonderful!
TRJEWELRY on July 09, 2010:
A strong supplier of medical ID jewelry, various styles of everything!
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 02, 2010:
Definitely Pass - I always, always always wear my medical ID bracelet. Too many scary situations for insulin-dependent diabetics otherwise
PassinItAlong on July 02, 2010:
Wow, good information. Never realized that there is a kind of ID that can save people's lives. It becomes very important, therefore, that there is a secure way to carry this valuable information. Thanks for the heads up.
Lorenzo on June 01, 2010:
My wife Kat got one at Keeps Me Safe and she loves it (she's got severe allergies) se got it at:
Hope this helps,
brian1818 on May 05, 2010:
What a great hub! This is something that infants, elderly and well, pretty much all of us need. Thanks for sharing all the great options for medical jewelry here.
Michelle L on September 29, 2009:
Great hub....this is something new for me...but it does refresh my thoughts on jewelry....perhaps they are not only good for looking....they are helpful in certain circumstances...cool!:)
donjohnson on July 27, 2009:
Yes, sadly many diabetics don't even know they should be wearing one of these... Great article!
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on July 16, 2009:
Right you are Mezo! My ID bracelet is always on - I never take it off. Thanks for the comment, Steph
Motaz from Egypt on July 16, 2009:
Good hub. this is really important and people should change their attitudes towards it. The hospital room and the ICU is much more uglier than the ID
thnx a lot
Stephanie Marshall (author) from Bend, Oregon on May 27, 2009:
That is a very sad fact! I wear a lovely 14K gold medical jewelry bracelet and never take it off. Nor do I wear anything else on my wrist. I worry all the time about something happening to me (I have Type 1 diabetes) and someone not knowing what is going on. It is so important for people with serious medical conditions to invest in one!
B.Z. Alixandre from Boise, ID on May 27, 2009:
As an EMT I greatly applaud this article. It is a sad truth that when we discuss medical jewelry in classes, the first thing mentioned is not to rely on a patient having one. I've known people with serious conditions who've refused to wear one. Alternatively, I've known one woman who got a medical tatoo! I thought that was pretty cool, but as an EMT, I won't go looking for that. If I see it, great, I'm not going to ignore it, but only if I see it. Personally I love the Star of Life (although having it described as a sideways cross confused the bajeezes out of me! Took me a minute but I finally saw it.) so I don't know why it seems so ugly, but then again I don't have to wear one.
mythbuster from Utopia, Oz, You Decide on March 30, 2009:
Nice hub! I wear a medical ID bracelet because I have a condition that looks like a more serious condition - and I may be rendered unconscious or unable to speak from time to time (sometimes my friends pray for this last part lol). The ID bracelet lets people know that my condition is not as serious as it looks - and I also carry a special pill fob with medications for my condition. I have a detailed note rolled up inside the fob. This helps emergency people as well as people standing by to know that I need medical care but that nobody needs to freak out too much, either. In all of this, medical teams can quickly learn that I can pretty much go to a recovery area of a hospital after my medication is administered and then I don't take up space that is needed in more serious emergency areas of hospitals.
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on March 11, 2009:
Nice hub. These Jewelry can save lives.