Emergency Medical I.D. - (What information should I use?)

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-06-25 20:51:55 -0500
Started 2011-02-26 10:57:38 -0600

This discussion is in response to a discussion started by family member, "pixsidust."


When picking your Emergency Medical Identification Device, do you know what information you should include on, or within the device of your choice?

Hopefully this video, and the information that comes with your device can help you out with deciding this, remember in an emergency the information that is provided may save your life.



You may also want to discuss this with your doctor or medical support team.


30 replies

jimmuel 2012-06-24 19:25:22 -0500 Report

I have multiple medical thing Im suppose to ware a medical braclet for,im alergic to pennacilin,ampacillin,amoxicillin,im bipolar,diabetic,how would I get a braclet for all these simtoms,

MAYS 2012-06-25 09:58:05 -0500 Report

This may interest you, these Medical Alert Bracelets contain a telephone number that allows EMS workers to access your your medical information.

MedicAlert ensures emergency responders and hospital staff get your up-to-date medical information, the moment they need it, to make informed decisions about your treatment and care.


jimmuel 2012-06-25 19:41:18 -0500 Report

O,ok thats how it works,I always wondered about people with multiple conditions like me,becuese there isnt enough room on there to put everything,this is a good subject an I need to get a braclet,dont like tattoo's at all on me,just my opion,thank you very much may

Evelynkay 2011-03-01 10:36:36 -0600 Report

I found a web site that sells Items and i found a nice medical bracelet Silver & gold tone with small Red med semble onit and has word DIABETIC on it ,They also have many other items too.& will send you flyers on ther items or you can see them online.The site is www.Starcraft.com take a look. I got the bracelet and was worried that it would be cheap made ,but it hasn't tarnished or faded…I have even forgot and left it on while washing dishes and it is still in good shape.enjoy

LabRat90 2011-02-26 14:33:52 -0600 Report

My sister likes to create jewelry. She's made me some bracelets with alligator claws (I think that's what she called them) on both ends. Then I can clip my medic ID to any bracelet I want. I'm not much into jewelry; but my mother-in-law loves them. She likes that she can match the ID bracelet to her outfits.

I also talked to an EMT at work during a refresher CPR/first aid class. I asked him about medic tattoos. He says he's seen a lot, usually on the left lower arm. He said the cutest one he's seen was a penquin holding a sign that said "I have diabetes" He also said that EMT's are trained to look for Tattoos now as well as bracelets and necklaces. If you don't want everyone to know about your illness, there are initials you can use. A round blue circle is the universal symbol for diabetes. Just go to your nearest EMT or ambulance office and ask what other symbols to use. Make sure you use the medic star of life, also. IDDM is insulin dependent Diabetes Mellitus. Just remember if you get a medic tattoo that it is an intentional wound so take care of it.

Several important factors to keep a new tattoo from becoming infected:
* Keep blood glucose levels under tight control
* Keep the tattoo clean and bandaged.
* Cleanse the tattoo daily, using a wound dressing or bandage.
* Once healed, try using Vitamin E oil.

I haven't gotten the tattoo yet. But I'm thinking about it. I think I definitely would if I was Type 1.

old biker
old biker 2012-06-25 05:56:24 -0500 Report

I love the idea of medical tattoo's unfortunately one would be lost on me..I have to many tats now to count..But I saw an interesting one in last months AARP news letter.A gentleman had Do Not Resuscitate tattooed on his chest

dietcherry 2012-06-25 10:47:17 -0500 Report

I saw that tat too! It was kinda scary cuz its so FINAL ya know ????

old biker
old biker 2012-06-25 11:13:13 -0500 Report

Mabe! But If thats your wish..and there is no one there to tell them don,t..That should do the trick

dietcherry 2012-06-25 11:47:07 -0500 Report

True but what if you just fell in love, or just won the lottery, or just had your first child and no longer felt that way but hadnt had time to have the tat removed ??? Just sayin…FINAL!!!! lol

emarei 2012-06-25 18:04:33 -0500 Report

thanks for the hug I needed one today , I have had to go get my back adjusted again today, 7th time in 2 weeks and it still isn't quite right. So thank you and one is sent back to you too.

emarei 2012-06-25 18:03:57 -0500 Report

thanks for the hug I needed one today , I have had to go get my back adjusted again today, 7th time in 2 weeks and it still isn't quite right. So thank you and one is sent back to you too.

dietcherry 2012-06-25 19:11:45 -0500 Report

Well I wont squeeze you too tight then! I hope they will get things right and that you will have a full recovery !!!

dietcherry 2012-06-25 12:59:26 -0500 Report

lol good to know! You know Stu you know how to have fun and not take everything so seriously! I appreciate a sense of humor :)

Nick1962 2012-06-25 12:02:41 -0500 Report

Usually DNR doesn't mean getting shocked as a result of something like an accident or during a surgery. In most cases it's if you are terminally ill and your heart stops. I'm a DNR and if i ever get to that point, love or money really isn't in the picture sadly.

vgarrison 2011-02-27 04:58:44 -0600 Report

I got my tatoo within 3 months of being diagnosed, and have never regretted it!! I am insulin dependant, but my tatoo only says diabetic. I figure if they see the tat then they are gonna check my bs regardless of whether it says type 1 or 2, insulin dependant or not…whether your type 1 or 2 isn't going to matter if your in a low moment…the symptoms are gonna be the same…


realsis77 2011-02-26 12:42:56 -0600 Report

Hi I wish I would have saw this post before I got my med alert bracelet. My bracelet only says diabetic and on the underneath or the backside it has my name and type two. I wish I would have stated I need insulin. Well it is about time I order a new one anyway and then I'll put the proper information on it! Great post as always Mays! Thanks for the info!

MAYS 2011-02-26 13:23:19 -0600 Report

Thank you for the compliment!
I agree with you, it is time that you update your medical alert bracelet since you are on insulin injections, that is very important information that should be included on it.

realsis77 2011-02-26 14:22:28 -0600 Report

Yes when I get settled with the "house" situation its the first thing I will do. I'll be ordering a new one with the correct information on it this time! :)

MAYS 2011-02-26 14:29:33 -0600 Report

Good luck with the house situation.
May you be blessed and prosperous in all that you do.

realsis77 2011-02-26 15:13:17 -0600 Report

Thank you so much Mays! So far things look good. I'm in contract and as long as the home inspection and appraisal goes well then I should be moving in in april. Please pray it goes well!