For those with certain major health conditions, the decision to wear a medical ID bracelet can save their life.
First responders are trained to look for medical IDs when treating someone during an emergency. Usually found around the wrist or neck, the IDs can alert medical personnel to health conditions, medications taken, allergies or treatment wishes – all of which helps lead to quicker, more effective care.
Having a medical ID on your body can prove beneficial in the following ways:
- Reduces treatment errors that can occur when first responders may not have critical health information available at the scene.
- Speaks for you should you be unresponsive and unable to inform medical personnel of your treatment wishes.
- Help prevent unwanted or dangerous drug interactions.
The following items would be important to include on a medical ID:
- Chronic medical conditions: asthma, diabetes, hearing loss, epilepsy, mental health (autism, Alzheimer’s or dementia), kidney failure, lung disease, anemia, heart conditions, Marfan syndrome, seizure disorder, renal failure, multiple sclerosis, vision impairments and organ transplants.
- Allergies: Dairy, bee stings, egg, latex, wheat, peanut or other nut, penicillin, celiac disease and galactosemia.
- Medications: EpiPen, blood thinners and Coumadin.
Wearing a piece of jewelry with critical medical information engraved on it can bring peace of mind to the person wearing it as well as their family members. In addition to pertinent medical information, you may find it comforting to include a phone number of a loved one so they can be notified in the case of emergency.