I've been diagnosed with diabetes. Do I need to wear a diabetes bracelet?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is important that you wear a diabetes medical alert bracelet. Your diabetes bracelet will contain important medical history and information that will help first responders, EMT's and paramedics treat you quickly. Once informed of your condition and medical needs first responders are able to efficiently and effectively offer you the best possible care.
I have Diabetes. What do I engrave on my medical ID tag?
When deciding what to have engraved on your medical ID tag there are a few vital details that must not be overlooked. Here are 5 things you should have engraved on your medical ID tag if you have diabetes.
1. First responders should know your first and last name. You may become separated from your purse or wallet and having your name clearly engraved on your medical ID tag will help in an emergency situation. If you are taken to the ER the staff there will need to know your first and last name in order to gain access to your medical records.
2. Your medical condition should be listed on your medical ID tag. If you have diabetes your medical ID tag needs to be engraved in such a way that first responders will have a clear idea of your medical condition. Your tag may be engraved with something similar to the following:
- DIABETES TYPE I
- DIABETES TYPE II
3. Are you insulin dependent or on an insulin pump? If you are insulin dependent or have an insulin pump then you should list the following information on your medical ID tag. You may engrave something like:
- INSULIN PUMP
- DIABETES/INS. DEP
- INSULIN DEPENDENT
4. If you are on any other medications or have severe food or drug allergies you will want that listed on your medical ID tag as well. Your tag may be engraved with something similar to the following:
- ON COUMADIN
- PENICILLIN ALGY
5. You should always list your emergency contact information. It's best to ask yourself, "Who do I want called FIRST if something were to happen to me?"
"As a nurse in an emergency department myself, when you have people who come in and are unable to communicate their health history to us, it is so important to have an in case of emergency contact readily at our fingertips because it can help to change the course of how we treat the person and hopefully help to save a life!" Angela Agasse, RN
You may also wish to engrave additional contact information such as a doctor's phone number or secondary ICE number. Your tag may be engraved with something similar to the following:
- ICE 555-123-5658
- DR. 555-125-5489
- MOM 555-458-5869
- DAD 555-584-8569
- DR. 555-584-5869
DIABETES TYPE I
DIABETES TYPE II
ON MEDS/SEE CARD
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