What Should I Engrave on My Medical ID Bracelet? 10 Simple Suggestions...

Posted by Elegant Medical Alert on 3/11/2013 to Elegant Medical Alert News


Deciding to wear a medical ID bracelet can be a life saving decision. Just as important is to decide what text to have engraved on your bracelet. There are no right or wrong answers when choosing what to engrave on a medical ID bracelet. However, it is essential to take certain things into consideration in order to make it easier for a paramedic or an emergency medical technician to help you during a critical situation especially in the event that you are unable to communicate for yourself.

Depending on the item you purchase, you may be able to engrave on one side or both sides of the bracelet (or necklace, pendant or watch). On each Elegant Medical Alert product page, you will see the amount of characters you may engrave listed above the "Engrave Text" box. Usually, you may engrave up to 40 characters of text. However, to avoid having the font from being too small to read, you will have to reduce the amount of characters for smaller items with less surface space.

Medical ID bracelets come in all styles, shapes and sizes. Weather you prefer to wear a sporty and colorful silicone wristband or you want to hit the town in style with a sterling silver or glitzy 14K gold bracelet, if you follow some simple suggestions, you will get the most out of your important health purchase:


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Be sure to list your major medical condition or conditions, such as DIABETES or EPILEPSY. If you want to list your whole medical history, you can wear a USB medical alert bracelet. However, for most other traditional bracelets you should use the limited space wisely by only listing the items that are significant enough to be brought to the attention of the first responders.


2. Do you have any food or drug allergies? It's important to list allergies such as PENICILLIN or NUT ALLERGY. You can also list EPI PEN as well.

3. Take any medications regularly? You may want to list if you take BLOOD THINNERS or you can be more specific like COUMADIN or WARFARIN.

4. Consider listing at least one emergency contact phone number. For instance, it can say SUSAN 555-123-5555 or DR. SMITH 555-123-4444 or even MOM 555-123-3333.

5. Are you engraving the bracelet for a child with AUTISM or an adult with ALZHEIMERS? If so, you may want to include the phrase, IF LOST CALL... followed by a contact phone #.

6. Instead of taking up a whole lot of space with IN CASE OF EMERGENCY... use the globally recognized abbreviation ICE followed by a contact phone number. For example: ICE 555-123-2222

7. Use common abbreviations for ailments or allergies whenever you can. For instance if you have a Penicillin Allergy, you can list it as: PCN ALLERGY

8. It's great if you can fit your name on the bracelet, but it is not essential. While it is nice to have your name on it, it is more important to list ailments, medications and a contact phone # that someone can call in case of an emergency.

9. If you carry a medical ID card in your wallet or purse, you may engrave SEE WALLET CARD so medical personnel or a caregiver will know to read the card to be advised about your medical information.

10. Finally, you may also ask your doctor what he or she recommends you have engraved on your medical ID.




Still not sure what to have engraved?
Here are some common conditions and allergies that our customers engrave often on their medical ID bracelets:

Adrenal Insufficiency
Alzheimer's
Angina
Asthma /Asthmatic
Atrial Fibrillation
Autism / Autistic
Bee Sting Allergy
Blood Thinners
Brain Injury
Cat Allergy
Cerebral Palsy
Congestive Heart Failure
COPD
Dairy Allergy
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Dementia
Diabetes / Diabetic
Egg Allergy
Epilepsy /Epileptic
Fibromyalgia
Fish Allergy
Gastric Bypass
Glaucoma
Gluten Allergy
Head Trauma
Hearing Impaired
Heart Patient
Hemophilia
Hypertension
Hypoglycemia
Insect Sting Allergy
Kidney Transplant
Latex Allergy
Lupus
Lymphedema
Morphine Allergy
Multiple Sclerosis
Nut Allergy
Pacemaker
Parkinson's
Peanut Allergy
Penicillin Allergy
Pollen Allergy
Renal Failure
Seizures
Sesame Allergy
Shellfish Allergy
Sight Impaired
Soy Allergy
Speech Impaired
Stent
Sulfa Allergy
Tree Nut Allergy
von Willebrand's
Wasp Sting Allergy
Wheat Allergy

Have any comments or suggestions? Feel free to share!

Comments

Date: 5/30/2014
Valladares
It's great that you are getting ideas from this paragraph as well as from our discussion made here.
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Date: 6/11/2014
David W.
I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as, 4 heart stents from a heart attack. Should this be included?
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Date: 9/15/2014
Betty Seiger
Iwould like a braclet to say VASCULAR ALERT no blood tests,blood pressure no I.V. or injections into this Extremity. Is this possible? Thank You
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Date: 2/14/2015
James
What if you have multiple life-threatening allergies? Do you need lots of tags, or what?

Elegant Medical Alert: Depending on how much text you need to engrave and the amount of space available, we may be able to fit several allergies. If you find that you need more space, you may want to consider a USB or QR Code item so you can list a lot more information, including your full medical history.
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Date: 4/29/2015
Birdie
My girlfriend's bracelet says allergic to Carbocain, then says - P. What the heck is the P. for?
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Date: 10/18/2015
Fr.Tesmer
Birdi, the "P" is most likely for "peripheral". Peripheral being a way to utilize the Carbocain.
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Date: 10/18/2015
Fr.Tesmer
Birdi, the "P" is most likely for "peripheral". Peripheral being a way to utilize the Carbocain.
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Date: 11/13/2015
Doodles
What about CVA , stroke?
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Date: 12/13/2015
Bonnie
Your home page should show what the engraving looks like. I am not interested in engraving unless it has some color (like black), so it's easy to read.
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Date: 12/13/2015
Bonnie
Should offer engraving in black, so it's easier to read for some people. Engraving options should be displayed on your homepage.
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Date: 3/11/2016
Christina Estela
Breast cancer survivor.Allergic to Percocet.
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Date: 6/12/2016
Mary W.
Hi, I am debating how to word my heart catheterization. Would it go under heart patient or?? Heart catheterization is pretty long.
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Date: 9/14/2016
valerie Turnbow
Hi because i had gastric bypass i can only have chest compressions. Is there an abreviation for this?
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Date: 9/21/2016
Lauren
I have just been diagnosed with Alpha-gal allergy Where you are allergic to all mammal meat and byproducts. Including vaccines, gelitin capsules, whey and many other meds and foods that contain the alph-gal carb. Its not well known; tick born allergy. But I'm not sure if I put "alpha-gal allergy" 1st responders would know what it is or what meds use beef or mouse byproducts as preservatives. Time is a critical thing during anaflaxis. What should I write?
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Date: 10/10/2016
Debbi
I have one kidney on the left, how would I word that on my bracelet?
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Date: 10/21/2016
Michelle
Hi, I have CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and just curious if you would have any ideas for that as well as add it to your list. Thanks
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Date: 5/6/2017
Lynette
Hello, I have BPD, borderline personality disorder and I also have depression, Anxiety. Asthma, history of Cellulitis that make my temperature go very high, I can't have blood transfusion because of religious reasons. I have learning disability I am Allergic to codeine, aspirins, cats, dust, some hand cream, some soap. Last time I fell over I went into hyperventilation. I can't always speak up.
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