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Tips for Engraving a Medical ID Bracelet or Necklace


Medical alert jewelry is most effective when it reflects accurate, comprehensive, and easy-to-read medical information that belongs to its wearer. Deciding on what information to engrave can be confusing if you have more than one medical condition, allergy, or medication. Medical ID tags come in different shapes and sizes and can hold different amounts of engraving. Some medical IDs can be engraved on the front and back while others can only be engraved on one side.

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When choosing medical alert jewelry, it is important to consider how much engraving can fit on the ID tag or pendant. Information on how many lines and characters a particular ID can accommodate are always found on each product page of American Medical ID. We encourage you to enter, test, and preview your desired custom engraving before proceeding to check out. American Medical ID offers unlimited engraving on a medical ID.

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What type of medical information should be included on a medical ID?


Emergency responders are trained to look for a medical ID because it can help them deliver the immediate and effective treatment that you might need. If you become unconscious and unable to speak, a personalized medical ID bracelet or a personalized medical ID necklace can speak for you through its engraving. 95% of emergency responders check for medical identification around the wrist or the neck. Because of this, it is important for your medical ID engraving to be clearly understood by emergency personnel and to have the pertinent information that responders expect.


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As the leading manufacturer of medical alert jewelry for over 30 years, we recommend including the following information on your medical ID:

Your Name

Including your name on your ID gives emergency responders a quick way to identify and address you as they begin treatment. Caregivers should also consider adding their name to the ID of the person they care for.

Full names are ideal, as it allows for quicker identification and access to medical records, if needed. Some people like to engrave their first name at the front of their medical ID to flaunt their custom engraved jewelry. Others are concerned about privacy and choose to engrave their name on the back of the ID. You can also shorten your first name to one initial if you want to keep your last name on the ID, for example, "Kevin Jones" can be engraved as "K. Jones".

Your Medical Conditions

Listing your chronic medical conditions is a critical part of engraving your medical ID. It is especially important to include conditions that may affect the type of treatment you need in an emergency. For instance, if you have diabetes and are insulin dependent – this should be included, as it would help alert first responders when administering treatment. Also, if you have epilepsy, Alzheimer’s/memory impairment, a heart condition, bleeding disorder, asthma, etc., this information should be engraved on your medical ID.

Abbreviations on Your Medical ID 

In order to maximize the space on your medical ID, you may need to abbreviate medical conditions. It is important to use abbreviations that are recognized by emergency medical personnel. Here is a list of the proper abbreviations for common medical conditions requiring an ID.



  • Allergy – ALGY
  • Congestive Heart Failure - CHF
  • Congestive Heart Disease - CHD
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – COPD
  • Do Not Resuscitate - DNR
  • Ehlers–Danlos syndrome - EDS
  • Fibromyalgia syndrome - FMS
  • Generalized anxiety disorder - GAD
  • Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus – IDDM
  • Hearing impaired - HI


  • High Blood Pressure - HBP
  • Hypertension - HTN
  • In Case of Emergency - ICE
  • Inflammatory bowel disease - IBD
  • Irritable bowel syndrome - IBS
  • Kawasaki syndrome - KS
  • Klippel–Trenaunay syndrome - KTS
  • Klippel–Trenaunay–Weber syndrome - KTW Syndrome
  • Multiple chemical sensitivities - MCS
  • Muscular dystrophy - MD
  • Multiple sclerosis – MS
  • No Known Allergies - NKA
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD
  • Parkinson's disease – PD
  • Pulmonary embolism - PE
  • Rheumatoid arthritis - RA
  • Spina bifida - SB
  • Traumatic brain injury - TBI
  • Tourette syndrome - TS
  • Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes - T1D/T2D



You should also list restrictions on medical tests, diagnostic tools or procedures like MRI, or the use of contrast dyes. If you are not sure what to include, consult your doctor or a healthcare professional.


Your Allergies to Food, Insect, Metals, Medication, Etc.

Any allergies you may have are also important to engrave on your medical ID. Often times during an anaphylactic reaction, you may be unable to speak so having this information clearly visible and engraved on a medical ID can help. Examples of more common allergies include food, medications like penicillin or insect stings.

If you have severe allergies and carry an epinephrine autoinjector (epi-pen), consider engraving this on your medical ID and where you keep it for quick and easy access. Here are some abbreviations and recommended engraving to alert responders of life-saving epinephrine (adrenaline) autoinjectors:


  • EPI

  • EPIPEN IN BAG       



You can also abbreviate medications. Here are two examples:


Engrave Your Medications:

Any prescribed medications taken on a regular basis should be engraved on your ID. This could prevent drug interaction that increases with the use of multiple medications. Drug-on-drug interactions occur when two or more drugs (prescription and/or OTC) react with each other. It is common to engrave prescription medicine that is taken on a long-term daily basis.

Examples of these are blood thinners, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants.



  Blood Thinners/       Anticoagulants    

Immune System Suppressors  Immunosuppressants


  • Warfarin
  • Coumadin
  • Apixaban (Eliquis)
  • Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
  • Edoxaban (Savaysa)    
  • Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)           


  • Calcineurin Inhibitors: Tacrolimus and Cyclosporine                
  • Antiproliferative agents: Mycophenolate Mofetil, Mycophenolate Sodium and Azathioprine
  • mTOR inhibitor: Sirolimus
  • Steroids: Prednisone

  • Bethamethasone (Celestone)
  • Prednisone (Prednisone Intensol)
  • Prednisolone (Orapred, Prelone)
  • Triamcinolone (Aristospan Intra-Articular, Aristospan Intralesional, Kenalog)
  • Methylprednisolone((Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Solu-Medrol)
  • Dexamethasone

Your Emergency Contact Information

We strongly recommend adding an ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number to IDs for children, people with autism or dementia, or a caregiver's contact information. An emergency contact must be someone that responders can call to obtain important medical or support information. It is recommended to choose someone who is likely to be available, reachable, and preferably lives nearby.

Common emergency contacts are parents, relatives, doctors, friends, or neighbors.

We highly recommend that you check and confirm that your ICE contact’s phone number is up to date and that the person you choose to be your emergency contact does not have a plan to change their phone number or relocate anytime soon.


Additional Engraving Tips and Considerations:

Consult your Physician for help: If you are uncertain about what you have chosen to engrave on your medical ID or feel the information is too long, ask your doctor what is most medically important to include. Your doctor will be able to provide insight and confirm medically acceptable/well-known abbreviations for your conditions and medications. This will allow you to fit additional information on your ID. 


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Restrictions: List restrictions on medical tests, diagnostic tools or precoders like MRI, or the use of contract dyes.

Spell Check: Be sure conditions, medications and allergies are spelled correctly before you purchase your ID. It is a good idea to enlist the help of another person to look at your information - a set of fresh eyes can often spot spelling mistakes that you might have missed.

Common special characters that can be used and engraved on a medical ID are colons (:) and hyphens (-).


If you feel like you want to make additional information accessible in an emergency, consider purchasing the MyIHR or Expandable Wallet card.



My Interactive Health Record (MyIHR) is an online health record that you update and maintain with your vital medical conditions, allergies, medications, documents, emergency contacts and more. The perfect complement to your medical ID, MyIHR can be easily accessed at any time whether you need to recall important information during doctors’ appointments or during a medical emergency. 

Expandable Wallet Card

An expandable medical ID card is a perfect companion for a medical alert bracelet or necklace. It can hold additional or secondary information about your medical condition, allergies, medications, alternate emergency contacts, and more.

A wallet card is an ideal place to keep important information that does not fit on your medical ID or is subject to change. If you have a wallet card, you can alert emergency responders to it by engraving “SEE WALLET CARD” on your medical ID.

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Need more help? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us via our Contact Us page and we will help you with engraving your own American Medical ID!