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Question about medical ID bracelets…

I was wondering if anyone wears them? I know a few people who I  work with who have asthma, and they don’t. I go to pretty remote places in the winter to downhill ski, mostly by myself, and cold weather  is a trigger for me. Was just wondering if I should invest in an ID bracelet to be safe in case I have a bad attack or something….

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  • LK

    Yes, I wear a RoadID medical bracelet. 

    I started wearing it when I traveled a lot while showing horses.  I used to have just the one with my name, emergency contact's name and phone number, medicine allergies, and that I had asthma.  Now since I am on more medicines and all the information won't fit on the bracelet itself I use the one that has my name and emergency contact's name on the front.  The serial number and PIN on the back are for first responders, EMTs or other medical personnel, at a hospital for instance, to call or go online to see my medical information.  Gives me a little piece of mind if I am ever in a situation where I can't give them the information myself.

    I know there are other types of medical bracelets but I have not tried them.

  • Melissa G

    My dh, ds and youngest dd all have medic alert bracelets. We went with medic alert because of their 24 hr service. My dh has asthma and is diabetic, my son has food allergies and my youngest dd has asthma, food allergies and several other medical diagnoses that need to be on her medic alert bracelet. 

  • K8sMom2002

    We believe in Medical Alert bracelets around here … my DD has been wearing one since she was a little kid. EMTs told us that a bracelet with a standard, easily recognizable medical alert tag on the left wrist can really make a difference. 

    There may be times when you are not able to communicate … having a medical ID bracelet of some sort will definitely help emergency personnel treat you more accurately and faster.

    We've used a variety of different brands — , , but now we're with . I took a peek at RoadID, and I like how their tag is engraved. The MyID one for us was stamped on the inside of the band, and the writing wore off. 

    We used Lauren's Hope at first because it had cute little bracelets that could be interchanged with the tags, and my DD was a fashion diva who wanted her bracelet to match her clothes.

    But now, at 17, after a scary car accident, she likes the plain and simple MedicAlert style, and I like the fact that there's a 1-800 number that ER staff can call to get more info if I'm not available. 

    If you have the option to get your engraving colored, I would do it. It's much easier to read than if it's just engraved.

  • Shea

    Mine (medic alert) says "carries epipen, inhaler, steroid-dependent" and then they can call the 1800 number to get my longer info… I figure they at least know i have severe allergies, asthma, and may need emergency prednisone and the characters are limited so I chose those words). 

    I got mine after i was in a near car accident– i would need emergency prednisone if i was in an accident since i have been on prednisone a long time (from what I understand, a normal person would make extra adrenaline and cortisol in a stressful situation like an accident but my body might not and thus Id need an emergency dose of prednisone). 

  • Pljohns

    Cynthia-I had the same issue with the MyID one-called them and sent them a picture of the worn off writing and they replaced it free.  

    I've done most of the ones others have mentioned-MyID, lauren's hope, sticky J, and have the same issue with not enough spaces.  I solved the problem with the MYID one-you have an online profile that you can list your issues, meds, doctors etc and are assisgned an account number and PIN.  Their bands have scanable barcode on them that records that info but if the EMT's done have a scanner, there is also and  800 they can call.  I still have tags engraved at Sticky J or Lauren's hope but I put "severe asthma" on one line, "med info call" on another line, the 800 number along with the ID and PIN on the rest of the lines.  it gives me a few more options for bracelets but still gives EMT's the access to all of the info on the MyID bracelets.

  • K8sMom2002

    Good idea, Lynn! I love the way you incorporate your number with your other tags!

    Shea, I'm with you — it would worry me that a sudden accident could take away my ability to communicate with doctors. A bracelet can do the talking for you.

  • Melissa G

    Dar007, did the advice/recommendations help you? Do you think you will be investing in a medical id bracelet?

  • Pljohns

    I have a question for those that have/wear medical ID bracelets-I've always been a bit concerned that some of the ones I have look more like regular jewelry (even though they have the big red medical alert symbol on them) and medical personnel won't notice them.  I tend to try and find ones that are more obvious-even the myid ones I have just look like silicone bands that everyone wears for everything.  any thoughts?

  • Melissa G

    For us personally, we only buy the classic emblem, I do not want them to be mistaken for jewelry. Dh is diabetic and has asthma and Bekah is very medically complicated. I need emergency personnel to know what to do if we were in an emergency situation. 

  • LK

    I have wondered about that, too, Lynn.  My RoadID has the silicon band and the metal plate with the information on it doesn't show from every angle.  

  • K8sMom2002

    It was a concern for us, too, especially when DD was small. I asked some local EMTs, and they suggested making sure that the emblem was the big red classic emblem, and that if you wore a "pretty" bracelet" that the emblem was one that tended to fall toward the inside of your wrist. That's where they would check for your pulse. 

    I'm really glad DD has opted for the classic bracelet now. This is the one she wears:

    It's pretty unmistakeable, and she says it goes with everything. What a change from the kiddo who needed it five different bracelets to match her outfits!

  • Pljohns

    That’s pretty much like mine-BIG red emblem in on the center with info engraved on the back. If I wear anything else, it’s the MyID one.  I do have some “pretty” ones that I can put the center part in and it clips on both sides-basically I can change the bracelet part out, but I don’t wear them often.

  • Dar007
    Melissa G posted:

    Dar007, did the advice/recommendations help you? Do you think you will be investing in a medical id bracelet?

    Very helpful. I think I might invest in one.  

  • Dar007

    This is the bracelet I might get! Need something that would stand up to the sports I do. 

  • Pljohns

    DAR that is really pretty and the medical alert symbol is clearly visible on it.