The absence of an assistive device can often lead to misconceptions about a person's health and ability. Every day, people living with invisible disabilities face challenges in getting their rightful privileges from something as simple as accessible parking to getting the proper medical care and attention that they deserve.
Wearing a medical ID helps prevent misdiagnosis, unnecessary hospital admission, and assists in providing safe, suitable, and timely treatment for people living with medical conditions.
Medical IDs Can Help Bring Awareness to Unseen Illnesses
According to Social Work Today, millions of individuals with chronic illnesses bear the extra burden of family, friends, coworkers, and even healthcare professionals who don’t believe they are ill because they don’t “look sick.”
In a medical situation, engraved information on medical alert bracelets or necklaces make it easier to communicate and draw attention to an illness that is otherwise unseen. Medical IDs bear the international medical symbol of the serpent coiled around a staff which is easily recognized by health professionals around the world.
Wearing a medical ID can help others take your situation more seriously and move past misconceptions and stigma around invisible disabilities.
Choosing The Right Medical ID for an Invisible Disability
Medical IDs are intended to be worn at all times so you should start with considering the type of jewelry you’re comfortable with. EMS personnel are trained to look around the neck or wrist which gives wearers a choice between a medical alert bracelet or necklace.
Other important considerations to make include your lifestyle, comfort, and length of engraving. Your medical ID should be custom engraved with your personal medical information. Carefully consider what to engrave and ask your doctor for help as necessary. It is important to evaluate what health information you wish to engrave or omit, especially consider how others may interpret it.