Medical identification tags, or medical ID tags in short, are small emblems carrying a short message about the wearer’s medical condition. Their sole purpose is to inform first responders (paramedics, physicians, emergency medical services and the like) about important symptoms in cases where the patient is unconscious, unable to talk or make sense.
Medical ID tags come in many shapes and forms. They are usually worn as bracelets crafted from stainless steel or sterling silver, but alternate versions include neck chains, wallet cards and even USB drives. The medical ID tag is highly customizable: nowadays the wearable tags easily pass as colorful or stylish jewelry, so the wearers don’t feel embarrassed about them. As for the message, it usually mentions the name of the patient and draws attention to their medical condition. Since the manufacturers can engrave anything on the bracelet, there is hardly any limit on their usage. The most commonly featured conditions are dementia, epilepsy, hemophilia, medicine allergy or certain seizures. It’s also worth noting on the tag whether the patient has a pacemaker or other implant.
Medical ID tags benefit the user in several ways. If they collapse on the street, the bracelet or neck chain will draw the attention of anyone nearby that may intend to call the ambulance. After a quick glance at the jewelry, they’ll be able to tell the dispatcher the wearer’s name and any vital medical history, meaning the paramedics will arrive well-prepared. As you can see, informative medical alert bracelets eliminate the need to search for the patient’s wallet or personal documents.
It’s important to bear in mind that you don’t cram too much information onto a single ID tag. The medical condition should be the center of attention, along with the person’s name and blood type, and the name and number of a contact person such as a caregiver or close family member. In case the person in question owns a vial of life or medical alert system, then make a brief mention of them too. Some users prefer to have personalized USB drives as ID tags, carrying around an extensive document of their medical history and contact information, but during an emergency there is little to no time to find a computer and plug the USB drive in.