Dos and Don'ts of Medical ID for Type 1 Diabetics

Dr John
By Dr John Latest Reply 2014-02-05 17:24:16 -0600
Started 2014-02-05 13:33:14 -0600

I used to train paramedics. So, I know how they react or don't react. Also, many places are so desperate for volunteer paramedics, they often train people who are less qualified than they should be. Therefore, make it easy for them to identify your condition. I know of a paramedic who wears a morphine pump and has difficulty walking. Enough said…

1. Type 1 diabetics MUST WEAR a MEDICA ID.

3. Wear a bracelet or wear a necklace. Paramedics are trained to look for a bracelet or necklace.

3. DO NOT wear an id that say "Diabetes." What does that mean - type 1 or type 2? What does that indicate - Hypoglycemia or cardiac arrest?

4. Wear an ID that says "Type 1 Diabetes." It can also say Insulin Dependent in addition to Type 1 Diabetes or insulin pump in addition to Type 1 Diabetes.

5. Most custom ID's are hard to read, especially in low light conditions. Pre-engraved is much better. Make it easy for the paramedics.

6. Bracelets pre-engraved on the back are less effective than one pre-engraved on the front. Make it easy for the paramedics.

7. In addition to your medical id, carry a card or piece of paper in your wallet providing all of your medical information such as type of insulin used, insulin pump, insulin to carbohydrate ratios, allergies, etc. Make it easy for the doctors at the hospital.

8. Remember, make it easy for the paramedic to identify your condition.


1 reply

jayabee52 2014-02-05 17:24:16 -0600 Report

I believe that it is good for a person with diabetes to do this, no matter what type they happen to be.

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