When an individual requiring medical attention has a health condition they cannot communicate (i.e. too injured, pediatric/geriatric, disabled, unconscious, comatose, etc.), medical alert bracelets can communicate for them. Also known as med alert id bracelets or emergency medical alert bracelets, these forms of identification allow paramedics, physicians, and other first responders to provide proper treatment by simply referencing the bracelet. In fact, EMTs are trained to look for these specific forms of ID (with over 95% checking the wrist almost exclusively) as it’s the most common place for this type of information to reside.
Medical condition alert bracelets are often designed with universally accepted terminology so that any first responder can immediately determine the proper course of action to take. Abbreviations for allergies, medications, and chronic conditions are extremely useful, especially on a medical alert bracelet for multiple conditions, as they allow you to fit more information onto the band in a clear & concise way. The abbreviations for medical alert bracelets are vast, but some common examples are below for reference (note: only your physician can/should determine if abbreviations are appropriate for your particular medical condition/s):
- DNR - Do Not Resuscitate
- HBP - High Blood Pressure
- HF - Heart Failure
- NKA - No Known Allergies
- NO MRI
- NO BP/IV
- NPO - Nothing By Mouth
In conjunction with abbreviations, a newer type of medical ID is a QR code-based bracelet. QR medical alert bracelets feature a QR code that any paramedic or EMT can scan using a smartphone; the code reverts to a web service that contains the individual's complete medical history. Since a website is used, there’s essentially no limit on the amount of data that can be stored.
While medical alert bracelets are traditionally made from precious metals (i.e. stainless steel, sterling silver, gold), these styles do have their limitations. For example, people with highly acidic skin, on anti-rejection or chemotherapy meds, or those with metal allergies, may need to avoid using precious metals altogether. In addition, these types of bracelets are often more costly, and because certain health conditions can change or eradicate completely over time, constantly updating a medical bracelet that is expensive to begin with may not be feasible for many. As a result, medical id alert silicone bracelets have become a popular choice in recent years. Sometimes called jelly or rubber medical alert bracelets, these wristbands are perfect for those who need to display critical medical information at all times. Some of the features & benefits to using silicone include:
- Durable, resilient, and reusable
- Waterproof and resistant to heat, chemicals, and UV light
- Made from 100% silicone (lead & latex free) - ideal for those with allergies
- Completely customizable
- Cost effective (especially in comparison with traditional metal ID jewelry)
Do you have a questions on medical alert bands? Contact us via telephone, email, and/or LiveChat, or see below for some of our most common inquiries:
Who should wear a medical alert bracelet?
If you have a condition that may result in a medical emergency, or one that medical professionals need to be aware of if treating you, wearing a medical alert bracelet may prove advantageous. Caregivers have also been known to wear one with their patient and/or loved one’s information contained just in case. But again- consulting with your doctor first is always recommended.
What information goes on a medical alert bracelet? / What should be on medical alert bracelet? / What to put on a medical alert bracelet?
While there may be supplementary content you should feature on your medical alert bracelet (depending on your particular reason / use), the following details generally suggested to include are: Name & Date of Birth; Medical Condition/s; Food & Drug Allergies; Medications; Certain Instructions; and Emergency Contact Information.
Do I need a medical alert bracelet?
Medic alert bracelets for Alzheimer patients, those with allergies, autism, blood disorders, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, and heart disease, are an extremely convenient resource. But there are plenty of other conditions and reasons why wearing a medical alert bracelet is useful. For example, medical alert bracelets for mental illness have proven valuable, as oftentimes those with a behavioral or emotional disorder experience difficulty communicating, especially in an emergency situation. They may act in an atypical or disruptive manner, wander off or get lost, or even resist or oppose treatment; thus wearing a medical ID helps to ensure quick and accurate intervention from first responders. It also reduces mistakes that may arise from misdiagnosis. However, the importance of consulting with your doctor first on whether a medical bracelet is necessary is highly emphasized.
How do I order a medical alert bracelet? / How to order a medical alert bracelet?
We recommend visiting our custom silicone ordering page to design your own silicone, medical alert bracelet. We offer various inscription styles, band widths & sizes, colors, and customization details, so that your medical ID band is specific and personal to you! Of course if you need additional assistance, our expert Customer Service Team is always available via telephone, email, or LiveChat, and can help answer any questions you may have!