What Should You Engrave on Your Medical ID?

What to engrave on your medical ID is one of the most commonly asked questions at American Medical ID. While this can be overwhelming, we have put together a list of recommendations and tips for engraving on your medical ID bracelet or necklace.

  • We recommend engraving at least your first name on your medical ID. While this is not a requirement, it could help emergency personnel get your attention if you are unconscious or in a diabetic coma.
  • Engrave your most important medical conditions first such as diabetes, asthma, seizure disorder or angina that could determine how emergency personnel would treat you should you be unable to speak for yourself.

–  Click here to view more conditions that should be engraved.

  • It’s then wise to list prescription medications that are being taken on a long-term basis such as an anticoagulant or insulin. This will provide guidance on how to initiate treatment and will lessen the chance of a drug interaction during an emergency situation.

–  Carefully consider whether or not to engrave dosage or frequency information of your medications.

–  Click here to view more classes of medicines that would be appropriate for your medical ID.

  • You should also list any drug, food, insect or medication allergies you may have that can cause serious medical problems.
  • Make sure your ID distinguishes between medicines and allergies by engraving “Meds:” before your medicines and “Allergic To:” before allergies.
  • Other information commonly engraved on a medical ID if space permits could be advance directives (DNR, etc.), blood type, living will, pacemaker, see wallet card or organ donor.
  • Be concise by using fewer characters and eliminating unnecessary words.

For additional engraving tips we have created a new instructional video to walk you through the process. The video can be found during the engraving phase of the order process at the top right of the page.

You want to make sure your engraved information is not confusing and that it properly communicates your conditions. And remember, whatever you can’t fit on your medical ID can be written on our Expandable Wallet Card or saved onto the eMedTAG USB.

Carthy Picton
American Medical ID

About Amanda Beck

Amanda Beck writes for American Medical ID on a variety of topics relating to health care and healthy living, especially for those whose medical conditions warrant an emergency ID.