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Medical ID Bracelet Benefits

Natasha Bantwal
Medical ID bracelets or necklaces can prove immensely helpful to individuals suffering from chronic or serious medical conditions like diabetes, epilepsy, asthma, heart transplant, stroke, blindness, or memory impairment, in case of an emergency.
Life can be unpredictable and you never know when you may have to face a medical emergency. It is always wise to be prepared for such an eventuality, especially if you have an existing chronic medical condition or disease. Adorning a medical ID locket, bracelet or necklace is an excellent way to prepare and could prove to be a lifesaver.
A medical alert jewelry will have the wearer's medical condition or allergy engraved on it. The primary advantage of having a bracelet with medical ID on it is, in case of an emergency, medical professionals can know exactly how and what that individual needs or doesn't need.
Now, the question arises what all does one engrave on the limited space available? Your main condition or disease goes in first. Followed by any allergy or sensitivity towards specific medication. Thirdly, if space permits, emergency name and contact details.
Now, having all this information does not mean you have to wear something ugly or ungainly. There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing jewelry for your medical ID.

How Does a Medical ID Bracelet Help?

Medical ID bracelets are designed in such a way that a trained medical personnel will notice it immediately and do the needful. If you have a fairly lengthy and detailed medical history, abbreviations are engraved which are generally understood by all medical professionals.
For example, Atrial Fibrillation ~ A-fib, Blood Pressure ~ BP, Ventricular Tachychardia ~ VT/v tach, etc. With this valuable information already listed down, your emergency medical technician (EMT) will know what he's dealing with, and be prepared in case of an emergency.
A brief description of vital medical facts engraved on your medical ID ensures appropriate and timely medical care.
Wearing a medical ID prevents misdiagnosis of common ailments due to apparent symptoms. While prompt and correct diagnosis is vital for effective treatment.
A medical ID jewelry can eliminate trips to the hospital or prevent minor emergencies from becoming major ones.

Who Should Wear This Bracelet?

In 2005, studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that around 133 million Americans have at least one chronic illness. With 45 percent of the American population suffering from various medical conditions today, wearing a medical ID necklace or bracelet could help save you or your loved one's life in an emergency.
So, everyone with an allergy or a critical medical condition should wear medical alert jewelry.

People with Alzheimer's, diabetes, transplant surgery, patients on blood thinners, mentally disabled patients, severe food allergy, autistic, coronary heart disease patients, epilepsy, hypoglycemia, asthma, warfarin...
...HIV positive patients, hepatitis, cancer patients, rare blood type or someone with a rare autoimmune disorder and even children suffering from a serious allergy or condition should wear these bracelets for prompt medical care and attention.
People who have anaphylactic allergies to certain medicines like penicillin, morphine, sulfa, codeine, bee stings or any type of drugs should also wear this bracelet.

Please Note: Consult your doctor first, ask him if your medical condition warrants a bracelet or not.

What Kind of Designs are Available?

Most of these bracelets are made of stylish stainless steel, colorful silicon, leather straps or of attractive beads, as can be seen from the above examples. They are also available as cuffs, necklaces, dog tags, sports bands, rings, medical identification watches and even as shoe tags.
Ask a doctor to help you fill the bracelet order form, to ensure your medical details are accurate. Normally, the front-side of the medical bracelet has a red alert insignia and the back-side has the details engraved in red. Another option is a USB bracelet that is waterproof and shock-resistant too.

When Would Medical ID Bracelets Prove Useful?

Ideally speaking, any individual with a medical condition of allergy should be wearing a medical ID jewelry at all times, day and night. Remember, nobody plans a medical emergency and not wearing your medical ID takes away its opportunity to help you in an emergency.
If you meet with an accident and need to be rushed to the hospital, medical ID bracelet comes in rescue.
You are vacationing and are nowhere near your regular physician.
An epilepsy patient has a seizure and people around him/her don't know the classic symptoms of epilepsy.
With a medical ID bracelet or necklace, your healthcare professional will definitely have a head start in case of an emergency, and your chances of being treated effectively will be stronger. Remember, medical ID jewelry can save lives.