Medical Alert Identification?

By bhanson68 Latest Reply 2013-12-02 15:18:58 -0600
Started 2013-11-19 10:37:53 -0600

Since my doctor and I caught my diabetes very early, I asked her just how important it was for me to wear some sort of medical alert identification. Her reply was "Very important." I have an allergy to metal, so I searched for a bracelet that didn't cost and arm and a leg and placed my order. While waiting for my bracelet to arrive I took a Living with Diabetes class (six weeks long) and in this class the instructors also stressed the importance of wearing some sort of medical alert identification. I noticed that out of the 14 people there only two wore bracelets. Granted some of these people were newly diagnosed like myself, but there were some that have been living with diabetes for many years.

I am wondering how many wear some sort of identification? And also if you do not, why is it that you don't?

Thank you =)

33 replies

KeepinOn 2013-12-02 15:18:58 -0600 Report

I use a RoadID stretchable bracelet. Inexpensive and it has five printable lines for medical information. I too am allergic to everything but titanium and gold.

'Second Chance'
'Second Chance' 2013-11-29 20:24:12 -0600 Report

Hi everyone, that's one thing I haven't done is order me an ID bracelet!!!! So please for me & with me…that I order one asap!!! I have gotten off track, for whatever reason, & I need to stay focus & do right by my Diabetes!! With the holidays coming up again, I'm going to really have to stay focus!! I hope all of you are taking care of yourself!!! We must hang in there… :)

Yerachmiel 2013-11-26 06:05:06 -0600 Report

I remember sometime around 25 years ago waking up in a hospital with a policeman in the room being questioned on drug use as they found me weaving while driving and eventually crashed car (they apparently had a few cars around me trying to get me to pull over)…

they had NO IDEA I was a diabetic, had not looked for ID and until doctor in hospital "found" the pump they thought I was strung out on something or drunk or both!!!

Yerachmiel 2013-11-26 06:07:01 -0600 Report

I had a bracelet, a neckless and if they had had one I would have had an anklet as well. After than took me a long time to wear one again. Now I guess it is just an automatic but not easy to do after having more than once had emergency personnel not see it or worse not pay attention to what it says (and not call, etc)…

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-11-24 15:44:10 -0600 Report

I wear a bracelet and have a keychain on my meter pouch. I also have an ICE contact in my phone with my doctors information and my current meds and dosages. Our local EMTs are trained to look in your phone for an ICE. However, you can't password lock your phone…

My doctor said I should buy a cheap bracelet when I went to get my first prescription. Now I have a nice silver one and am getting a survival band for Christmas.

Mom2sam 2013-11-24 00:54:44 -0600 Report

I wear a bracelet and a found a wonderful company that carries all types of bracelets and not all of them are metal . The company is called Hope Paige . I am getting a new one from them as part of my Christmas gift.

2013-11-22 15:31:46 -0600 Report

i have a bracelet as well.. my fear was that i would be at the store or somewhere alone and passed out in one of the aisles and then nobody would know why or what to do to help me. This has given me the confidence that i can go out by myself safely and know that i have what i need and that hopefully someone will help me if i need it.

KG66 2013-11-22 13:34:32 -0600 Report

I wear mine every day. I had went a little while without wearing one because my old one broke. I just got a new one a couple months ago and love! :)

jnblair 2013-11-22 11:51:57 -0600 Report

I'm use to travel a lot and I can't tell you enough how important a medical bracelet is to me you can't pay enough for one its helped me on more than one occasion!!!!!

DeanaG 2013-11-21 12:52:27 -0600 Report

I have several different bracelets, one I made myself, I also have a necklace and a wallet card. Oh, I also have a medic alert charm on my tennis shoes and my keychain.

GabbyPA 2013-11-20 18:43:27 -0600 Report

I just wear a bracelet. I bought a cheap one years ago, but it broke in less than a year. I have a middle of the road one now that I have had for a long time. There are too many horror stories out there of diabetics being treated as being drunk or high, when they are in a hypo. I also carry a card in my wallet that says I am diabetic and what meds I take.

correctionsnurse1 2013-11-20 16:24:03 -0600 Report

As a former EMT -I , if you are not wearing a necklace/bracelet that is visible to EMS, most of the times they will not have a clue. I actually came up on an accident as a nurse and the woman was unconscious and the Paramedics "assumed" she had been drinking. I assessed her, and she had the accident b/c she had bottomed out. Sad story, but true. I always encourage anyone with a medical condition to wear identification.

jaydoubleyou23 2013-11-19 18:12:08 -0600 Report

I have a medical alert tattoo but when it's cold I still wear my bracelet. But not often because it's super heavy duty! I have an allergy to metal as well so I figured I'd get a nice one if I had to spend a lot of money on it. Mine on sale was 56.

Stevie D
Stevie D 2013-11-22 23:07:28 -0600 Report

Where is your medical alert tattoo and what does it look like? I'm thinking off getting one but need ideas. I'm not a bracelet person

Nick1962 2013-11-19 16:04:10 -0600 Report

I don’t simply because I’ve been controlled now for several years. If that changes I’ll consider it, but won’t do a tattoo because EMS doesn’t always search body art for medical information.
I do list it on a health and meds card in my wallet though.

bhanson68 2013-11-19 16:26:45 -0600 Report

Having a card in your wallet is a great idea, but I wouldn't think EMS would take time out to search your belongs to see if your had a medical & med card. Just my opinion. And I plan to have my tattoo visible so that the need to search my body art is not necessary. =)

Nick1962 2013-11-19 19:12:28 -0600 Report

I did have it on a memory stick when I was on a bunch of meds.
If I'm in a situation where I'm alone, I'm told eventually they will go for my wallet for identification (and donor status). My medic alert card is a standard issue that most are trained to look for. In Michigan, for a while at least they had a check box on the back of your driver's license that stated you carry a medic alert card too.
The tattoo - I don't know - I always hoped my diabetes was temporary, and having one removed - I'm not going through it again :)

bhanson68 2013-11-19 19:35:58 -0600 Report

I like the idea of having something on your diver's license to either indicate there is a medical issue or that you have a medical card. =)

kejo 2013-11-19 15:47:19 -0600 Report

It's for emergency purposes!!! If you pass out due to a hypoglycemic event and you're unarousable, EMS will know that you're a diabetic from either your medical alert bracelet or necklace.

kejo 2013-11-19 13:25:51 -0600 Report

I know I should, but I don't. I have a bracelet… But it broke and I never got it fixed! I've been interested in the medical alert tattoos.

bhanson68 2013-11-19 13:56:01 -0600 Report

Kejo, I am planning on getting a medical alert tattoo as well. I figure it will add to my collection of tattoos, serve as a medical alert identification, and possibly help promote awareness. =)

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