What Should I Engrave on My Medical ID Bracelet? 10 Simple Suggestions...
Deciding to wear a medical ID bracelet can be a life saving decision. Just as important is what text you 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:

1. 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
Asthma /Asthmatic
Atrial Fibrillation
Autism / Autistic
Bee Sting Allergy
Blood Thinners
Brain Injury
Cat Allergy
Cerebral Palsy
Congestive Heart Failure
Dairy Allergy
Deep Vein Thrombosis
Diabetes / Diabetic
Egg Allergy
Epilepsy /Epileptic
Fish Allergy
Gastric Bypass
Gluten Allergy
Head Trauma
Hearing Impaired
Heart Patient
Insect Sting Allergy
Kidney Transplant
Latex Allergy
Morphine Allergy
Multiple Sclerosis
Nut Allergy
Peanut Allergy
Penicillin Allergy
Pollen Allergy
Renal Failure
Sesame Allergy
Shellfish Allergy
Sight Impaired
Soy Allergy
Speech Impaired
Sulfa Allergy
Tree Nut Allergy
von Willebrand's
Wasp Sting Allergy
Wheat Allergy

Have any comments or suggestions? Feel free to share!



Date 5/30/2014

It's great that you are getting ideas from this paragraph as well as from our discussion made here.

David W.

Date 6/11/2014

I have an abdominal aortic aneurysm, as well as, 4 heart stents from a heart attack. Should this be included?

Betty S.

Date 9/15/2014

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


Date 2/14/2015

What if you have multiple life-threatening allergies? Do you need lots of tags, or what?<br><br><b>Elegant Medical Alert:</b> 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.


Date 4/29/2015

My girlfriend's bracelet says allergic to Carbocain, then says - P. What the heck is the P. for?


Date 10/18/2015

Birdi, the "P" is most likely for "peripheral". Peripheral being a way to utilize the Carbocain.


Date 10/18/2015

Birdi, the "P" is most likely for "peripheral". Peripheral being a way to utilize the Carbocain.


Date 11/13/2015

What about CVA , stroke?

Christina Estela

Date 3/11/2016

Breast cancer survivor.Allergic to Percocet.

Mary W.

Date 6/12/2016

Hi, I am debating how to word my heart catheterization. Would it go under heart patient or?? Heart catheterization is pretty long.

valerie T.

Date 9/14/2016

Hi because i had gastric bypass i can only have chest compressions. Is there an abreviation for this?


Date 9/21/2016

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?


Date 10/10/2016

I have one kidney on the left, how would I word that on my bracelet?


Date 10/21/2016

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


Date 5/6/2017

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.


Date 7/27/2017

I just have my spleen removed and was advised by doctor to wear a medical alert bracelet. What should I have engraved on it??

Elegant Medical Alert

Date 7/27/2017

Splenectomy / Infection High Risk / Antibiotics Penicillin (if you take any) / [Emergency contact phone number]


Date 10/7/2017

My daughter was just diagnose with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, she on methotrexate and is allergic to penicillin. Should i get her mefical bracelet?

Elegant Medical Alert

Date 10/8/2017

Since your daughter has a PCN allergy, it would be wise to get a medical ID bracelet for her. If you need any help selecting a bracelet for her, please contact customer service at [email protected] or call 1-888-549-4347.

Dawn D.

Date 6/17/2018

My son just had a tumor removed from his brain and is going to be having radiation and chemo what should I write on his ID bracelet

Elegant Medical Alert

Date 6/17/2018

Thank you for your question. I hope your son's health is improving. Since Chemo can cause memory problems and other side effects, it's a good idea for him to wear a medical ID. I would suggest to list the approximate date of the surgery as well an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact phone #. You may add his name if there is space, but it's not necessary. Depending on the bracelet, you may need to engrave the front and/or the back. However, the following includes the basic important information:

Brain Tumor
Removed 6/2018
Chemo & Radiation
ICE 555-555-5555

If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Adam M.

Date 6/14/2019

Hi, The information is good. And I'm interested in sport medical id. But I had one query, Is it includes an online emergency ID profile for extra information? Please inform me about it.

Elegant Medical Alert

Date 6/14/2019

Thank you for your question. You may store your medical history either on a USB bracelet or online with a QR Code bracelet. Visit our USB and QR Code Categories to learn more.

Jeannie B

Date 7/15/2023

I have a PICC line what should I put on my bracelet.

Elegant Medical Alert

Date 7/15/2023

You may want to state on the medical ID that you cannot have blood pressure taken on the arm that has the PICC line. That's probably the most important alert, but you can ask your doctor if you should have anything else engraved.

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