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What Do I Engrave On My Medical ID?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Dec, Tue 06, 2016

Of all the things we’re asked here at Lauren’s Hope, what to engrave on a medical ID is one of the most common. In general, we recommend engraving a few essential items:

FIRST NAME, LAST NAME

MEDICAL CONDITION(S)

TREATMENT CONSIDERATION(S)

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER 1

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBER 2


However, your medical ID is as unique as you are. You have the opportunity to engrave what serves your needs best, and we’re here to help with that. So if your engraving doesn’t quite fit the typical mold above, that’s ok. Custom engraving gives you the freedom to make sure your medical ID is just right for you.

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Tags: what to engrave, Medical Alert, medical ID, custom engraved medical alert jewelry, how to engrave

Do I Need A Medical ID?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Nov, Tue 15, 2016

If you’re asking, then odds are the answer is yes. Wearing medical ID jewelry, particularly when it is custom engraved with your specific information, is a simple daily habit that can make a huge difference in an emergency. If you’re not sure, ask yourself:

Are you at risk of your health condition(s) causing an emergency? For instance, people with Type 1 Diabetes are at risk of having a low blood glucose event, which can cause a variety of symptoms, including (but of course not limited to) disorientation, loss of balance and coordination, and loss of consciousness. Wearing a medical ID bracelet custom engraved with your name, diagnosis, treatment instructions/considerations, and emergency contact information can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of that event. If a first responder knows immediate that s/he is seeing a diabetic emergency, s/he can jump straight to checking glucose numbers and treating you rather than doing detective work to figure out what’s going on. Says Jeremy*, an EMT and Santa Barbara City Fire Department Engineer, “It really speeds up the decision-making process [as we] try to, One: See what the problem is, and, Two: Try to correct it. If it’s something as simple as diabetes, if we give someone sugar, in less than a minute, they can be sitting up and talking to us. But if we don’t know they have diabetes, there’s a longer process to go through [...] One of the most important things is patient history, and any medical problems that are on that bracelet are huge clues [as we’re determining] what’s going on with that person.”

Even before first responders arrive, if a Good Samaritan reads your medical ID to a 911 dispatcher, they can immediately start providing better guidance to those attempting to assist you until medical professionals arrive.

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Tags: diabetes, Medical Alert, medical ids, type 1 diabetes, medical ID

#momentofhope: Melissa

Posted by Quinn Mills on Apr, Wed 13, 2016

Having weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass or gastric sleeve surgery, is a lifelong commitment that is truly life-changing. For many, medical alert jewelry isn't someone's first concern after having this procedure done. However, it is a real necessity as you recover and move on with your terrific new beginning! This week, our customer Melissa shares her #momentofhope about why it's important for her to wear a medical ID after undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

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Tags: gastric bypass, weight loss surgery, medical ID, stories of hope, Lauren's Hope Medical ID Jewelry, #momentofhope

#momentofhope Thursday: Tish

Posted by Quinn Mills on Apr, Thu 07, 2016

 

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Tags: type 2 diabetes, diabetes type 2, medical ID, stories of hope, t2d, customer story of hope

#momentofhope Thursday: Ashley

Posted by Quinn Mills on Mar, Thu 31, 2016

 For our customer Ashley, a simple trip to Target soon turned into an unexpected moment of hope. Thanks to an observant passerby, her medical ID came in handy when she least expected it:

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Tags: diabetes, Medical Alert, medical ids, type 1 diabetes, medical ID, diabetic, diabetes story of hope, #momentofhope

September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Wed 16, 2015

September is World Alzheimer's Awareness Month!

This month marks the fourth annual World Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Here in the US, we also have National Alzheimer's Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month in November. But worldwide, September has become an awareness month centered around World Alzheimer's Day, September 21, both of which are spearheaded by Alzheimer's Disease International.

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Tags: Caregiver ID, medical ID, alzheimers, medical IDs for caregivers, dementia, Memory Loss, Alzheimer's Medical ID

How do I Choose the Right Medical ID?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Jun, Wed 24, 2015

When selecting a medical ID, there are so many options that people sometimes feel overwhelmed. In reality, there are some simple ways to determine which medical ID is best for you.  Here are some helpful tips.

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Tags: Medical Alert, medical ID bracelet, medical alert bracelet, medical ID, how to choose medical alert jewelry, medical alert bracelet tips, how to choose a medical ID, medic alert

What You Need To Know About Lewy Body Dementia

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Dec, Wed 03, 2014

I've heard a bit about it in the news during the past few months. Long-beloved actor Robin Williams was diagnosed with it. Casey Kasem's family battled over his care while he had it. Lewy Body Dementia is the second most diagnosed form of Dementia, following Alzheimer's, but it's a disease not very many people know about or understand.

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Tags: medical ID, alzheimers, dementia, lewy body, lewy body dementia

Safety Tips For College Students with Chronic Health Conditions

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Aug, Fri 15, 2014

As the fall semester approaches, it’s easy to look straight forward to purchasing textbooks, moving into and furnishing your new dorm or apartment, and the fun times you will have with new friends. But for those of us with health issues that impact our daily lives, there are a few extra things that should be put on our new semester checklists before we get to all that other fun stuff.

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Tags: college, college with diabetes, college with health issues, college with chronic illness, food allergy medical id, Medical ID Jewelry, food allergy, medical ID, food allergies, Diabetes Medical ID

What You Need To Know About Blood Thinners

Posted by Brittany McNeal on Aug, Tue 12, 2014

Blood thinners are a very commonly prescribed medication in the US. If you have a type of heart or blood vessel disease or if you have inadequate blood flow to the brain, your doctor has probably prescribed some variety of blood thinner to help treat your symptoms. Blood thinners work to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing the formation of blood clots in your arteries and veins.

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Tags: blood thinners, on blood thinners, warfarin, heparin, medical ids, medical ID

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