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Who Should Wear a Medical ID?

  
  
  

Who Should Wear a Medical ID?

That's a question we are asked each day at Lauren's Hope and a question that you, at some point, may have asked yourself.  There are common misconceptions that by wearing a medical ID you are labeling yourself or bringing unwanted attention to your condition or diagnosis.  The truth is that medical Identification can be, and often times is, life saving

If you have been recently diagnosed with a medical condition, a quick diagnosis of your condition will lead to faster and more effective treatment.  Your medical ID bracelet or necklace will alert doctors, paramedics and school nurses of your medical history so that time is not wasted.

Who should wear a medical ID?  

If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic condition, have food or drug allergies or take medications, then you should wear a medical ID.  Any of the following conditions may alter the treatment you might normally receive. If you are a caregiver you should also wear a medical ID to alert emergency personnel of your loved one who needs attention. Let your medical identification jewelry speak for you when you can’t.

Here is a short list of conditions and people who should wear a medical ID bracelet or medical ID necklace.  If we left anything out of this list, please bring that to our attention by commenting on this post.

  • Diabetes
  • Heart Patients with Pacemakers, Heart Stents, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Arrhythmia
  • Hypertension
  • Lympedema Alert
  • Food Allergies including Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy, Gluton Intolerace including Celiacs Disease
  • Allergy to Medications such as Penicillin Allergy, Sulfa Allergy, Morphine Allergy, Allergy to Contrast Dye, Bee Sting Allergy, Allergic to Cephalosporins
  • Asthma
  • On Blood Thinners, Von Willebrand's, Hemophilia
  • Gastric Bypass Patient, Lap Band Patient
  • Alzheimers, Memory Impaired
  • Manic Depressive, Schizophrenia
  • Hearing Impaired, Cochlear Implant, Sight Impaired
  • Organ Transplant Patient, Organ Donor
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Adrenal Insufficiency
  • Autism
  • COPD, Seizure Disorder
  • Epilepsy
  • On Multiple Medications
  • No MRI
  • Any other Chronic Condition 

The Lauren’s Hope philosphy is to combine the safety of a medical ID with the style of fashionable handmade creations you’ll be happy to wear.  Our wide range of medical ID's include trendy, fun medical ID’s designed for kids as well as classic, dressy jewelry for the ladies.  Men aren't left out in our line of medical ID's with sturdy, durable stainless steel and sterling silver options that are long lasting and rugged.

We would love to hear your thoughts on who should wear a medical ID in the comments section of this post.

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Comments

I wear one because an anesthesiologist who had a difficult time intubating me advised me to get one so if I was unconscious and needed to be intubated the paramedics or ED docs would know and hopefully use a guide so as not to tear my piriform sinus again and cause major problems and even death.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 8:55 PM by Dorothy Henry
Dorothy, Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! We want to be sure that we have as thorough a list as possible and will be sure to include No Blind NG Tube and Caution with Intubation.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 8:58 PM by Jenna White
I was told by my doctors to wear a medical id because I have lupus & anti-phospholipid syndrome (a blood clotting disorder).
Posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 9:12 PM by Diane
AFTER HAVING AN AUTO AND AN ALLO STEM CELL TRANSPLANT FOR TREATMENT OF MULTIPLE MYELOMA/PLASMA CELL LEUKEMIA LAST YEAR, IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT I WEAR SOME FORM OF MEDICAL ID BRACELET...ALSO AM ALLERGIC TO SULFA AND AM DIABETIC...FEEL MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE WEARING ID BRACELET NOW AS MY DOCTORS ARE 6 HOURS FROM HOME...ALSO MIGHT SUGGEST, AND AM PLANNING TO DO THIS MYSELF, THAT PERSONS HAVE THEIR NAME AND PHONE NUMBER, THEIR DOCTOR'S NAME(S)AND PHONE NUMBERS, AND HOSPITAL THEY USE, ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS ROOM TO DO SO...IF NO ROOM BE SURE TO CARRY THIS INFO WRITTEN DOWN AND KEPT IN PURSE OR WALLET...LOVE MY BRACELET THAT ALLOWS ME TO PRINT ALL THIS INFO...AND THE OTHERS TOO...DARLENE FURTADO
Posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:46 PM by DARLENE FURTADO
the lise above takes care of what we need on our daughters med ID, but I was wondering, wouldn't it be nice to have one for expecting mothers? Some don't show like others or things could happen before they begin to show. I think it would be very important during an emergancy that could be known that you are expecting. Just a thought.
Posted @ Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:50 PM by Mandi
Anyone with a rare disease or condition often referred to as an “orphan disease”. When you can’t speak for yourself this could defiantly be the difference between life and death. Chances are you know more about your condition then the Doctor/s treating you in an emergency. The name of your condition and/or a point of contact for your regular Doctor or someone in the same practice familiar with your medical history can make a huge difference in your treatment for an emergency situation.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:33 AM by Amanda
I wear a Med ID bracelet (from Lauren's Hope of course) because I had a gastric bypass 3.5 years ago and cannot be intubated normally or be given NSAIDS.  
 
As for other conditions that may warrant an ID...my dad has a heart catheter and a esophageal stint and is undergoing chemo treatment. The catheter alone could warrant an ID bracelet and I am working with his doctor to get this done. 
 
Please keep doing what you are doing. You are making a difference. 
 
Molly M
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:27 AM by molly m
My first bracelet is on his way to me. I order it en will wear it because I have Dysautonimie/POTS. 
 
I hope I will have it this week, can not wait to wear it. 
 
Have an nice day.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 4:20 AM by Jeannette
I WEAR A MEDICAL alert BRACELET BECAUSE I HAD A MASTECTOMY AND DO NOT WANT BLOOD PRESSURE OR IVS IN MY LEFT ARM; ALSO HAVE A POWER PORT ON THE RIGHT SIDE TO BE USED FOR IVS ETC
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:37 AM by JANET WOOD
I started keeping a medical ID tag on my keys when I was diabnosed with Type II diabetis. Then I thought: what if something happens & I don't have my keys with me? Then I started wearing a bracelet but it didn't say why I had it on. It was blank on the back side. Then I found an article on our local paper about Lauren's Hope and got my 1st bracelet with Type II diabetis and the meds I am allergic to on it. I also have a "dog tag" type that I clip to my purse. I gave my brother-in-law a set of tags for his birthday because of his nut allergies. Everything with health problems should have these ID tags.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:57 AM by Andrea M. Line
 
 
I love my Medical ID Bracelet from you!!! I have several bracelets...love them!! 
 
 
 
On to the list of conditions. Could you also add Cerebal Palsy and Glocoma?? Thanks
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:22 PM by Kayla Kidwell
Many Jehovah's Witnesses, since they do not accept blood transfusions, wear medic alert jewelry stating such, in addition to carrying a signed Medical Power of Attorney.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 3:47 PM by Tracy
I've been in the ER unconscious because of my wheat allergy before - I always wore a bracelet until a couple of weeks ago when I got tired of having it knocked loose and caught on things and pulled off because of my work - and at that point I just had it tattooed permanently on my wrist. I still have a bracelet for my info but now I never have to worry about losing it.
Posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 6:46 PM by Jeannette
I love my bracelets and 2 watches. I like it when someone (and many do) comments on it. It provides an opportunity to tell them about Lauren's Hope. And also why I wear it(MS).
Posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 4:56 PM by Margaret Gaasch
Would you also please consider adding "Anorexia" and "In Recovery From Anorexia" - as this disease adversely effects every part of the body, including the mind.  
 
 
 
Thank you, 
 
Marcie
Posted @ Monday, October 18, 2010 11:56 AM by Marcie
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