You know you should wear a medical ID, but aren’t exactly sure what to put on it.
The key thing to remember is that a medical ID is worn to give EMTs the information they need to treat you quickly and avoid allergies or drugs that my have a bad reaction with what you are already on. You want to be able to convey the important information with out over crowding your ID.
The best place to start in deciding what to engrave is your doctor. They can tell you what you definitely need on there, such as, yes, Diabetes and Penicillin Allergy should be listed, but don’t worry about engraving that you take Zyrtec for seasonal allergies.
American Medical ID suggests the following to be engraved:
- Your Name – By having your name engraved less time is wasted searching for identification so a file can be started and treatment started.
- Medical Condition – Any condition that could alter the way you are treated needs to be engraved such as; Diabetes, Epilepsy, heart conditions, transplant patient, blood disorders. You can find a more elaborate list of conditions here.
- Allergies – This covers both severe allergic reactions that cause anaphylactic shock such as food allergies or wasp stings to drug allergies. This will keep EMTs from administering a medication that could make your condition worse.
- Medications – This is extremely important if you take a medication that could react to any other drug that may be used for your treatment. Blood thinners are one of the most commonly engraved medications.Contact Number – Make sure your loved ones are able to get to you quickly by engraving a contact number. Not only will this provide you with support, but can also be another source of information for medical professionals.
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