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

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