If you have ongoing medical conditions, drug or food allergies, or take multiple medicines, your doctor has probably recommended that you wear a medical ID. That’s because medical IDs are a simple way to communicate important information to first-responders in an emergency.
Medical IDs save lives: they eliminate trips to the hospital, reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and prevent minor emergencies from becoming major ones. In an emergency, when you might be unable to speak for yourself, a medical ID bracelet or necklace speaks for you.
Half of all medical errors occur because of mistakes made upon admission or discharge from the hospital. Wearing a medical ID protects against potentially harmful medical errors.
Prompt diagnosis is critical to effective treatment, but symptoms of common ailments can easily be misdiagnosed. A brief description of vital medical facts engraved on your medical ID ensures appropriate and timely medical care.
American Medical ID surveyed emergency medical professionals ranging from first responders to paramedics. Among the results:
There are a number of reasons to wear a medical ID. People with certain medical conditions wear medical IDs to alert emergency medical professionals in an emergency. Some people order medical IDs engraved with their blood type, online health records, and contact information. Some examples of conditions that warrant a medical ID are: