Tips for Wearing Medical ID

Wearing medical identification can provide emergency medical workers with potentially life-saving information if you are in an accident or end up in an emergency room.

| Dec 1, 2003

Wearing medical identification can provide emergency medical workers with potentially life-saving information if you are in an accident or end up in an emergency room.

Sometimes, however, people with diabetes view wearing such ID as an onerous chore. But this needn’t be so.

Wearing medical ID can be pleasurable and even fun.

Keep these considerations in mind when choosing medical ID jewelry:

Decide which style you want

Many companies now offer trendy, fashionable bracelets or other jewelry that can include precious stones, mixtures of silver and gold, and even beads.

If you prefer a more conservative style, you can choose a traditional ID bracelet that can be engraved with information about your medical condition.

Have reasonable expectations about your medical ID jewelry

Diamonds might last forever, but your medical ID might not. If you wear it every day, it will eventually need some maintenance, such as re-engraving, reinforcing the attachment of the plate to the chain, and re-enameling colored areas.

The more the merrier!

Think about changing your medical ID daily or weekly to match what you are wearing. It will look more stylish and may last longer.

Be creative

Gone are the days when your choices were limited. Now you can even purchase “do-it-yourself” kits that allow you to make the kind of bracelet you want.

Understand the value of what you are buying

Items that are trendy have a shorter life span than items made of gold. And price has a lot to do with longevity. Be sure you understand that the purpose of your investment is to save your life and that it may require a financial commitment and occasional updating.

Susan Eisen is president of Lifetag Inc. She has had type 1 diabetes for the past 11 years. For more information, e-mail Lifetag.com or phone (888) 543-3824.

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Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Medical ID Jewelry


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Posted by oneida nameplate on 5 December 2008

We started making medical IDs 46 years ago when the AMA announced their emergency medical symbol. Since then we've seen a lot of changes, especially since computer engravers became available and now with the explosion of beautiful medical id jewelry. While it's a welcome trend, the buyer should be careful to purchase items that are easily recognized in an emergency. Some IDs are getting lost in the jewelry pieces themselves and that makes it difficult for EMTs and doctors and nurses to realize the patient is wearing important medical information. Imagine a trauma case where clothing is hurridly being torn off so tubes can be inserted or incisions made. There are cases like this where emergency personnel don't bother to look for medical ID. To have the best protection it has to stand out, it has to be obvious, it has to catch the eye. Hopefully they'll then check it out. Secondly, pricier gold does not mean it's a better material for medical ID. Stainless steel is still the strongest material and it should be engraved deeply so it lasts for years. Lasering often fails. If one does order a gold or sterling silver item it's important that it be thick enough so it can be deeply engraved. Some products out there are skimpy and can't be engraved properly because the metal would get distorted. Thus it's very lightly engraved and wears off quickly, not to mention that it's hard to read. While style is nice, we must not forget the purpose of medical ID. Genny Bennett

Posted by Anonymous on 7 February 2009

I bought a Med ID viewer but realized too late the the information page that you complete and return was not included. Anyone know how I can get one?


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