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Do you feel that just because you have diabetes you're often asked to wear it on your sleeve like a badge? That's understandable, because while diabetes may be a big part of your life it's not the whole you. So, what is all the hoopla about wearing the diabetes medical alert ID? Because it can save your life!
In all these cases, you aren't able to communicate. Medical identification provides important information to the emergency team. It may prevent confusion on the part of the police officer/response team as to whether the confused state is related to alcohol/ drug intoxication and whether you get the appropriate treatment.
The American Diabetes Association recommends that all people with diabetes wear a diabetes medical alert identification bracelet, especially if you're on a diabetes medication that can lower the blood sugar and cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar reactions).
Yes, they can be ugly, but there are some available that are attractive. Look on the Web, check with your pharmacist or healthcare providers for information on available products. Even some jewelry stores carry them. The price can range from a few dollars to the sky's the limit.
A few tips:
Do you wear a diabetes medical alert ID bracelet. If so, what type? And if not, why not?
I look forward to your responses.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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I'm a type 2 diabetic I'm lucky to afford my meds id bracelet I just can't afford
There seem to be simple plastic wristbands available for almost anything. Notably Lance Armstrong. I've only seen " jewelry " like ID's
Are any simple ones available ? Thanks, howard b
This is a good idea of keeping Id on you my son is 9yrs old and has been wearing the same dog tag for 2 1/2 yrs now, I sure wish they would come up with some that were more fashionable for boys! He is starting to want to wear the cool stuff the other kids do and he tucks his id in his shirt and soo wants a new one with like a fish or deer or something on it, I've looked everywhere online with no luck! :/
Great blog, medical alert system is becoming a part of our life. It is life savior device. Medical alert ID bracelets are both fashion & safety.
For more Info : http://www.medicalalertsystemblog.com
Hi There! First thing.. A big Thank you for all the information regarding Diabetes! I'm a month new being a diabetic. I was sent to the education class, but never was taught anything. So I had to take it upon myself to teach myself.I recently ordered a necklace ID from Identifyyourself.com For those who don't like to wear any type of Jewlery, they also have ID's for your key chain. I never heard of a tattoo Id before! What a brilliant Idea!
James, we all understand pinching pennies these days.. a good idea until you can get some extra money to buy a ID is to at least carry information in your wallet/car etc.. You can also go to American Diabetes Association website and check your local area for up coming Diabetes Expo's. I was recently told about one coming to my area and was told they give a ton of stuff out. They may even have free Id's. It is also Free to enter the Expo. Best of luck and great health to my fellow Diabetics! :)
can't afford 1, i literally live penny to penny, every one counts
I have a USB medical alert bracelet; one which can be removed and plugged in to a computer so that a complete medical record can be obtained. Are emergency medical personnel trained and able to use these, too?
I wear a medical id necklace pendant and also keep a up to date medical id wallet card that list all of my meds, medical conditions, etc. for a free service offered by medids.com
Yes i wear a dog tag with all the meds.& insuln that i take I also wear a braclet.I don't won't to be someone's mistake.
I work in an environment that jewelry is a safety issue, and I travel alone alot. So I went with the Diabetic butterfly tattoo and the words diabetic underneath. People always ask about it, so it also serves as a chance to make people more knowledgeable about diabetes.
The above thought is smart and doesn’t require any further addition. It’s perfect thought from my side.
It sounds like an excuse to get a tatoo. A tatoo is a burn with ink and anyone with diabetes needs to avoid any risks for infection.
Is a Medical Alert Tatoo for Diabetes something that will work. My son is Type 1 and he thinks a tatoo on his wrist will work as well as a bracelet. Is that realistic? Will an EMT look for such a thing?
I wanted ID quickly because I was going to an amusement park and haven't had Diabetes very long. I went to PetCo and picked out a gold(in color only) heart tag and they have machine right in the store that engraves what ever you type in. I have a real bracelet now, but keep my cute 'dog' tag on my key chain. $9.00 instant ID
I wear a medical ID bracelet. I found an internet company that makes beautiful, custom-made bracelets that are affordable ($50 +/-). They also have the regular stainless steel bracelets that you can wear day & night. All bracelets are interchangeable with the ID tag. They also make necklaces if that's your preference, and children's products. I've been very pleased with their products and services. Their website is creativemedicalid.com
Frank: Medics are trained to check for either a medical I.D. necklace or bracelet.
Is the only advantage of a bracelet over a necklace visibility?
I don't like to wear things on my wrist because of my job, and don't care to wear anything, even a watch when I'm not at work.
I'm a new diabetic and have been looking for something I like, since I'm not much into jewelry it's kind of tough. I guess I could get a tattoo but I don't care for them either.
I found the site that Mike was talking about. Hope this helps
Eric - Have you thought about carrying a satellite GPS messenger? Our two sons who have type 2 diabetes, are going backpacking in the mountains next week. We bought them a GPS satellite messenger that has pre-programmed messages if you should need emergency help. It also allows others (that you choose) to follow your progress.
I'm T1D and am doing high altitude moutaineering. If something happens there, I would like to wear something more visible than a bracelet, like an armband over my jacket.
Does something like this exists?
I'm with Oneida-Medical-Jewelry and we've been making medical alert bracelets ever since the AMA designed the emergency medical symbol in 1963. We've seen many changes in those 47 years. Two of the biggest is computer engraving which allows for engraving more information which can now be done on silver and gold, and the other is the recent explosion of newly designed items. These include sports bands, charms and beautiful beaded bracelets. We work with many who do beaded medical bracelets and show some on our websites. We caution them to make sure they make items that stand out as a medical id rather than a piece of jewelry. Some customers place more priority on the jewelry appearance rather than the purpose of the id. Another problem we see is light engraving which is difficult to read. The engraving should be deep so that it's easy to read in an emergency and will last for many years. While laser engraving is easy to read, sometimes it wears off quickly. Most medical jewelry was originally converted dog tags so it's come a long way since then. But while gold and silver is nice, stainless steel is still the most durable and can be worn in any situation. A recent hype is that stainless steel should be "hypo allergenic" or "surgical steel" or grade "316". This is overkill. Such grades are used for implants and are not needed for bracelets. All stainless steel contains some nickel but a good grade of 304 or more shouldn't affect thos
Oh yeah .... Its at : http://www.medalertbracelet.net/
This site on Medical Alarm Systems. I made my own information site after looking for information for my elderly mother and not finding much.
i have recently gone to a bead shop and designed several nice looking bracelets. i used natural stones and crystals. each is fun and different. i no longer dread putting my id bracelet on my wrist. diabetes is not fun and the bracelets make me happy. i suggest going to one of these stores and designing your own. if we have to have this,let's have it with style!
I do not wear a medical alert bracelet. I do have an id card in my wallet with the information you recommend. I wear a pump so I figured that it would be noticeable and an emergency response team would figure out what it is. I think I will shop for the bracelet though.
I do need to get a bracelet. I have several diseases that need to be identified, also. Any suggestions? I do keep a list of meds, Doctors name, phone #s and other information in my purse and glove box in my vehicle. My diabetes was caused from medications I was taking for Pyoderma Gangrenosum. I have been to Mayo in Jacksonville, FL. Everyone was so nice. Unfortunately there was nothing they could do except clean out one of the wounds via surgery. Thank you for providing this information. I am always doing research on all my illnesses.
I bought a very cute bracelet from Avon. It has two different chains that attach to the symbol. One is red with little hearts and the other is blue. Very girly, but noticeable enough for paramedics,etc
Nancy and Peggy- love the site, alot of good info here. With our condition, support is good especially from people all over the world. I have something that might be good. I saw this at a State Fair last year. It is a a flash drive that is red and has a medical symbol on it and you down load all your medical info on it and emergency contacts. I dont remember the vendor but I think you could find it somewhere on the web. Also for grandma nancy there are kid braclets out there that a fun and cute for girls and boys.
Diane - you can get a medical I.D. bracelet/necklace at any pharmacy or online.
were can I get a braclet and a card for my husban that identify's us as diabetecs?, dose the clinic off bracelets? I used to have one but cannot find it.
I look forward to hearing from you,
I wear an ID bracelet. I'm a jewelry addict, so I shopped around until I found a bracelet I really liked, then I ordered the medical ID and had it soldered onto the bracelet. It's pretty and functional too. Hope it's never needed.
I am with the MedicAlert Foundation. I enjoyed reading the article and people's responses.
Some responses mention education & awareness. The nonprofit MedicAlert Foundation has been providing education to first responders and other medical professionals for over 50 years, training them to look for the words "MEDIC ALERT" in identification jewelry. To Grandma Nancy's comment below, we train responders to look for dog tags with the words "MEDIC ALERT."
The words "MEDIC ALERT" give responders the assurance that the information on the jewelry has been medically verified. It also lets them know to call an engraved emergency 800 number, connecting them to MedicAlert's Emergency Response Team (ERT), who share life-saving information as Heide mentions in her comment below. The ERT can also call family, letting them know what's happened so that you won't be alone.
Others mentioned that the jewelry is bulky or ugly. There are 100s of styles available for every taste. Make certain to select something that can be easily identified as "MEDIC ALERT."
One individual states that they can't afford protection. Through the generous donations of its members, MedicAlert can provide protection at no cost to those in need.
Whether you are managing your diabetes, or a healthcare professional, go to www.medicalert.org or call 800-432-5378 for more information. MedicAlert is here to help.
I'm a Type 2 with allergies to some medications so I wear a bracelet. My first choice would be a pretty anklet. It would be less noticeable to the general public and medical personel always check your ankles for swelling, etc.
Do you wear a diabetes medical alert ID bracelet. If so, what type? And if not, why not?
Bulky ids are ugly and not feminine for us, ladies. If they come up better designs at reasonable prices, there'll be lot more ladies and teenagers wearing them. Yet, I do wear one choosing my health over looks; I do wish there are more attractive Med Ids for those who chose looks over their health - saving more lives.
I have diabetes, take no medication with morning readings
in the 80's and 90's. My A1C is 5.8. I am trying to keep this
in control with diet and exercise. Do I need a medical alert
I have an insulin pump and do not feel all the low suger events so I had printed on the back of my diabetic allert bracelet Mayo Clinic and my patient ID number in the event of problem they would know who I am and what the problem is. Do not like to carry a purse everywhere so I would always have that information on me.
It seems the company I bought my medical bracelet from certainly picked the appropriate name for their site, ha ;)! http://www.identifyyourself.com/
My granddaughter is newly diagnosed as Type I. She doesn't like wearing a bracelet, no matter what kind we've gotten her, because she doesn't want to be "labeled". She is 11. I found a "dogtag" that was on a website from Nick Jonas a musician that the kids are gaga over. She is more apt to wear this but I'm concerned that first responders might not be aware of it because of all the new jewelry items on the market. I think education is the key. Love your site by the way!
I dont wear one because it takes all the SSI check to live on in a month.
Instead of wearing an ID bracelet, I did my research into a local tatoo business. I had a caduesus (medical symbol) and the word diabetic tatooed on my left forearm. A few years later, as I matured, I added Type 1 above the word, diabetic. I get numerous comments on how smart it was.
I agree although looking back at the experience, I may not have done the medical symbol but only the Type 1 Diabetic.
It would be worth looking into this -- especially for Type 1 diabetics.
I have worn a wrist but need to update it at times. I am interested in the RoadID that Mike mentioned since I never heard about it before. Does anyone else know
I think it is a very good idea to wear a medical alert bracelet. I am a diabetic and I were one, not only because I am a diabetic I have many severe drug interactions that are life threatnening if adminstered by medical staff on site of an accident or at the hospital..So please do yourself a favour get a bracalet or a necklace it does not cost that much your can get the application at your pharmacy, thru the medical association in your community or better yet speak to your medical professional and he or she can help you, and it will save your life when you cannot talk for yourself or get the proper help you need. Tell your friends and family to get one as well that will help them save their life and those whom they care for Thank you I hope this helps.
I weat the Medic Alert bracelet, it has come in handy since I had food poisioning a few years back and could not speak due to the pain. They saw the bracelet and called over to Turlock, CA. and got all the info they needed. What a lifesaver! I highly recommend everyone with diabetes to invest in one, it could someday save your life.
Ordering a RoadID wrist bracelet, interactive type, unobtrusive and you can change info online.
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