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ICE ID's vs. Medical ID's. What is the Difference?


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!


I send my kids to school with both an ICE dog tag and Medical dog tag on one necklace medical in front/ on top. I have run into an issue with my local school having trouble locating my phone numbers/ emergency contact information forms in a timely manner. This way all the necessary info is located in one spot on my kids. Medical information on one and all emergency contact phone numbers on the other. Now if there is ever a question or issue everything is in one spot and no one has to spend precious time trying to locate paperwork. This has worked perfectly especially for when the class has a sub for the day. I show the sub at the begining of the morning before class start for food allergies. This system has worked well for my peace of mind and the teachers.
Posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 1:12 PM by Amanda
Great! I love that they wear both a medical ID and ICE tag. That sounds like a great system that many parents would benefit from using. Thank you for reading and commenting Amanda!
Posted @ Monday, August 08, 2011 1:55 PM by Emily Battmer
what an excellent idea, I really like it.  
I have a question, and I don't know where to post it, cant seem to find an email address. This site has gotten so big (that is a compliment) since I was last here, that I feel like I am walking around blindfolded trying to find my way around LOL! 
the question i have, is about submitting an article for a blog. I happen to have an "orphan disease" aka rare disorder/syndrome which recieves little attention from the medical community, basically because the "powers that be" aka the pharmaceutical companies don't see dollar signs, therefore, funding for research and thus a cure is VERY limited. This is a topic that I am sure I share with others here, and it does make it difficult when choosing what to put on my tag. When I go to a new doc, or the ER and see someone who has not met me before, I am often in the postion of educating them regarding my treatment needs. I would be interested in putting something together, I simply need to know if there is a format? Is there anything specific I need to include? Where would I send it? Any help would be fantastic. 
By the way, even though the site is big...I gotta say, I LOVE IT!!! I hope yall have gotten some orders from folks who belong to some support groups (which I also belong to) I have been really talking you guys up, and posting links left and right. I don't say that because I am fishing for anything : D I actually think, some of the members, probably think I am making a comission, or work for you etc. because I have gone on and on, about how much I love this company. That is because I DO!!! I truly LOVE what you stand for, and beleive in this company.  
That being said, I would really appreciate it, if anyone can help me out with the blog submission thing? 
hugs and prayers to all 
Posted @ Saturday, August 20, 2011 5:11 PM by cara
Cara, Thank you so much for your comment! I responded via email, but in case you didn't receive my email you can contact me jenna at laurenshope dot come. I hope to hear from you soon. Jenna
Posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 10:42 PM by Jenna
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