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Medical Alert IDs for Organ Transplant Recipients

 

A medical ID is recommended for all types of organ transplants. According to the CDC, the most commonly transplanted organs in the United States are the kidney, liver, heart, lungs, pancreas and intestines.

A patient's transplant status is an important factor in medical decisions and treatment options. However, there are no immediate or apparent signs that a person is a transplant recipient. In an emergency, signs of receiving an organ transplant are not readily visible to responders unless a patient wears a medical alert bracelet or necklace.

 

"If you are injured or unable to talk, medical workers need to know quickly that you are a person on dialysis or a transplant recipient." - Providence Healthcare

 


 

Protecting Kidney, Liver, And Other Organ Transplants with a Medical ID

 

It's important to protect transplanted organs by doing everything possible to stay healthy. This includes proper communication of critical medical information, especially in emergencies when a patient may be unconscious or unable to speak.

Healthcare professionals need to know if someone is living with a medical condition and if they received an organ transplant. Common medications taken by transplant patients also need to be communicated such as:

 

  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Anti-rejection medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Or, the need to avoid certain over-the-counter medicines

People with transplants often take multiple medications, and as a result are more likely to experience dangerous drug interactions. Some medications can produce side-effects like nausea, anemia, high blood pressure and higher risk for infections.

Information engraved on a medical identification bracelet or necklace can help alert doctors, nurses, responders, and other healthcare workers about a patient’s transplant status. Wearing a medical ID can help avoid delays in receiving treatment and ensure that tests, procedures, and medications are safe for the organ transplant patient.

 


 

What to Engrave on an Organ Transplant Medical ID

 

Engraved information on a medical ID bracelet or necklace for organ transplant recipients can be helpful to anyone responding to an emergency. When engraving an organ transplant alert ID, make sure all information is accurate and easy to read, even in the most difficult situations.

 

  • Wearer's name
  • Organ transplant
  • Other medical conditions, allergies, or diseases that may or may not be related to the organ transplant - examples are chronic kidney disease , diabetes, heart disease, etc.
  • Medications
  • In case of emergency contacts - If the transplant patient is a child, the parents' or guardian's names and contact phone number(s) should be included.

 

If you are an organ donor, visit our page on Medical IDs for Living Organ Donors.