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10 Examples of How a Medical ID Can Save Your LIFE


Everyone with a medical condition should have a medical ID.

Over 60 million Americans have a medical condition, which should be immediately known by first responders in the event of an emergency.  Conditions such as Diabetes, Alzheimers, fooddescribe the image allergies are just a few examples.  Patients on medications such as coumadin or warfarin and those with heart disease, epilepsy, asthma or allergies to Penicillin should wear a medical ID. 

First responders are trained to look for a medical ID.

The first medical ID bracelets were introduced in the 1960's and have since become a standard practice for those whose medical conditions need to be made known in the event they are unable to speak.  EMT's or first responders are trained to look for a medical alert.  Your medical ID bracelet or necklace speaks for you when you can not!  Children should always be wearing either a medical ID bracelet or medical alert necklace, especially if they have a known food or drug allergy, have asthma, Diabetes, are hearing impaired or have any other medical condition a first responder should know before treating your child.  Young children without a medical condition should wear an ICE ID.  An ICE ID allows you to engrave your contact information, including a phone number and possibly their name in the event they become lost.

Life is too short to take such risks.

Here are 10 examples of when you need to be wearing a life-saving medical ID.

1. Your child has a bee sting allergy and while at a friends house is stung by a bee.

2. Your child has Diabetes and is invited to a new friends birthday party and experiences high blood sugar.

3. You are in an accident while driving to work and are allergic to Penicillin.

4. You are a caregiver of an older adult and are in an accident and uable to commuicate your responsibilities.

5. You are on a blood thinner such as coumadin.

6. You have epilepsy and are in a setting where people are not familiar with the symptoms.

7. Your child has sports related asthma and has an asthma attack during practice.

8. You are on vacation with your family and your child becomes seperated from you while at a park or shopping center.

9. You have had weight loss surgery, lose consiousness and need to be intubated.

10. You are at risk for a stoke and are in a setting where people are unfamiliar with the symptoms.

With proper medical identification a first responder will be fully aware of your condition and will treat you quickly and accordingly.  When seconds are critical you want them to treat your child or yourself in the best possible way.

Share the importance of wearing a medical ID with your family and friends.

Please share with your family members, friends and co-workers the importance of wearing a medical ID.  You will most likely be amazed at their responses.  Everything from "I've been meaning to order one, but haven't gotten around to it." or "My children are always with me, so they don't need to wear anything."  Encourage your family and friends who have a medical condition to take that step in keeping themselves safe. 

Why do you believe it's important to wear either a medical or ICE ID?  Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.




The article is simple and to the point! I put off wearing an ID for over 15 years with Type I diabetes. I don't really know why but, I'm lucky nothing happened within that timeframe! Now, I am happy to wear one of you beautiful watches sharing the time, my penicillin allergy and my Type I diabetes! Thank you!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:29 AM by WendyLou
WendyLou, Thanks for sharing! I'm happy to hear that you now wear your medical ID.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:39 AM by Jenna White
I wear mine all the time because I have no adrenal glands and have to take steroids every day to live. Most of the time I wear both a bracelet and a necklace, but I always have one or the other on. It's critical people know to give me steroids in an emergency is this is the only way I know how to do it. Love my Lauren's Hope stuff!
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 9:59 AM by Lisa
Lisa, Thanks for sharing your condition and bringing to light the importance of wearing a medical ID when you must take steroids each day and have no adrenal glands. I spoke with a customer yesterday who had never before experienced a seizure, but became ill, lost consiousness and needed to be taken to the hospital. Her medical bracelet had all her vital information on it and she was treated quickly and effectively.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 10:02 AM by Jenna White
Awesome article Jenna! ;) 
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 12:53 PM by Molly M.
Molly, Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed speaking with you yesterday and am nearly finished with your blog post. I'm excited for others to be inspired by your amazing story. Jenna
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 1:00 PM by Jenna White
right now I am a little disappointed in Medical Responders, my daughter with Type 1 diabetes was in MAJOR motor vehicle accident and no one checked her Medical ID Tag--which had her name, my cell number and her medical condition. BUT Kelci will still where her tag because some day it may save her life.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 5:37 PM by Chris
Chris, Thank you so much for sharing. That must have been a scary experience for your daughter. First responders should have definitely looked for a medical ID. Was your daughter able to communicate? I'd love to hear your thoughts on how to bring awareness to those few first responders that aren't trained properly. Perhaps a grassroots movement needs to be started. Jenna
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 6:55 PM by Jenna White
In a recent surgery they had a very difficult time intubating me, in fact they tore my piriform sinus and the surgery to remove my thyroid cancer was scrubbed and the anestheiologist advised me to get an medical ID to alert first responders of the difficulty so they could use appropriate equipment. Hopefully that will not ever happen but..........
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 7:04 PM by Dorothy
Thanks for sharing, Dorothy. I'm sorry to hear about your recent difficulties with cancer. I hope things are much better for you now. I spoke with a customer just yesterday who needed to be intubated and thankfully was wearing her medical ID at the time. First responders were able to intubate her in an appropriate manner according to her particular needs. I hope you never need your medical ID, but in the event of an emergency I'm relieved to hear that you wear one.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:50 PM by Jenna White
Great article! I re-posted it: 
Posted @ Wednesday, February 16, 2011 1:45 AM by Maria Fitzpatrick
I have Febrile Seizures, and didn't wear a Medical ID Bracelet for...a really long time, because the were SO ugly!!! I love the ones thatI have from Lauren's Hope!!
Posted @ Friday, March 11, 2011 10:23 PM by Kayla Kidwell
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