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ICE IDs vs. Medical IDs. What is the Difference?

Posted by Emily Battmer on Aug, Mon 08, 2011

Maybe you wear your Lauren’s Hope bracelet every day, everywhere you go. You may be a devoted customer with a serious medical condition who understands the importance of always wearing your medical ID bracelet. But you may have never thought about your perfectly healthy parents, children, or significant other as needing emergency identification in the event of a crisis...what would happen to them? Would medical personnel know who they are? Who to contact? Answer these questions and calm your fears with an in case of emergency identification bracelet.

ICE IDs vs. Medical IDs – What’s the Difference?

Simply put, a medical ID bracelet is necessary for anyone with a serious medical condition. Medical jewelry includes a stainless steel tag that is engraved on one side with a medical caduceus symbol, which immediately alerts medical personnel to the fact that you have some sort of condition that they need to take note of. The other side of the tag can be custom engraved with your medical conditions, allergies, important medications, and emergency contact numbers.

You should be wearing a medical alert bracelet if:

  • You have diabetes
  • You have severe food, drug, or insect allergies
  • You have epilepsy or seizures
  • You have asthma
  • You have hypertension, a history of stroke, or other cardiac problems
  • You have kidney disease
  • You have anemia
  • You have a visual or hearing impairment
  • You have Alzheimer’s or memory impairment
  • You have special needs
  • You have any chronic illness
  • You are a surgery, transplant, or cancer patient
  • You use a pacemaker or other important piece of medical equipment
  • You take certain medications, like blood thinners

An ICE bracelet, on the other hand, is an identification bracelet that can be worn by anyone – whether or not they have a serious medical condition. ICE stands for “in case of emergency,” and emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, regardless of their health history! ICE bracelets list any information you would like readily available in the event of an emergency. Your name, emergency contact information, and any special instructions you might want to convey should be engraved.

ICE bracelets are NOT just for people with medical conditions. They can be extremely helpful (and potentially life-saving) in the event of an emergency, such as:

  • Separation of parents and children – especially in a crowd 
  • In the event of a serious disaster, like a tornado or flood
  • Car accidents
  • Overheating/dehydration/trouble breathing
  • Heart attack/chest pain/stroke/seizure
  • Sudden confusion/memory loss/disorientation
  • Animal bites
  • Choking
  • Burns
  • Near drowning
  • Head trauma
  • Unexpected reaction to a medication or medication overdose
  • Injuries/unconsciousness (could result from sports, exercise, natural disaster, fainting, etc.)

What should I engrave on an ICE ID?

First and Last Name
Address or Emergency Contact Number
Emergency Contact Number or Doctor's Phone Number

Be sure to check back in with the Lauren’s Hope blog all week to learn more about ICE IDs and the people who should wear them, and check our selection of stylish and functional ICE IDs to find one that’s right for you!

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