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Medical ID bracelets.

July 17, 2012

People with chronic health problems often wear some kind of medical alert jewelry.  I think it’s a good idea for anyone with a serious health problem that could cause them to become unresponsive or unable to provide history to medical personnel.  This industry has come a long way in the last few years.  Now in addition to the traditional bracelet with your name, condition, allergies, and a contact phone number engraved, you can get necklaces, dog tags, flash drive charms, and ID’s with instructions on accessing information about the patient online.  There is tremendous variety in pretty bracelets for women with interchangeable bands.  Wow!

I’ve participated in discussions with friends about what needs to go on the ID.  In my opinion, the most important information is your full name, date of birth, the phone number of an emergency contact, any drug allergies, and your major health problem.  The ID needs to speak for you when you can’t speak.  If you have something rather rare, use a more general term to describe your health problem.  For example, if you have coronary artery spasms or coronary microvascular disease, just put heart disease on your ID.  You don’t want to cause confusion about what your condition is and first responders have more general medical training than nurses or doctors.  The particulars don’t matter that much in the field anyway.  The focus there is on stabilization for transport to a hospital.

There are dozens of retailers online that sell ID jewelry.  Among my favorites are Lauren’s Hope and RoadID.  Lauren’s Hope offers many beautiful options for your ID jewelry with pretty chains or beads and interchangeable bracelets.  They also have some very attractive men’s styles.  Their prices are about average for the type of jewelry they sell.  RoadID is more oriented toward sports and fitness.  Their ID’s have a more sporty look and are durable enough for any outdoor undertaking.  They were originally designed for runners as a lightweight form of ID in case something happened to them while training.  A unique service provided by RoadID is the “interactive” ID.  These come with a serial number and PIN which can be used to access your full medical history online.  This is appealing to me because I have quite a bit of important history and a lengthy medication list.  If I don’t have my written med list with me and am unable to communicate, this would allow hospital personnel to get up to speed.  It also takes some of the pressure off my husband, who does not have a great memory.

I recently bought an ID necklace from RoadID.  I wanted something different for when I didn’t want to wear my bracelet.  I’ve been given a coupon code to share with friends good for $1 off your order.  It can be used 20 times in the next 30 days.


So if you are wanting to try them out, you can get a little discount.  Another reason I chose RoadID is their prices.  I was able to get an ID bracelet somewhat less expensively than other places.

If you have a favorite source of ID jewelry, please share in the comments!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Rosamond Sanderson permalink
    July 17, 2012 10:24 am

    A small criticism about pretty MedID bracelets. Isn’t there a possibility that they look like jewelry and would be overlooked medically? I would prefer some universally recognized, simple band with which one could sleep or bathe without removing, and unremoved, was on the wrist when needed, not on the bedside table.

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