Medical Alert ID's

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by RB, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. RB

    RB Founding Member

    I think we have two or three members who are in the emergency medical service field.

    Question for you guys. I am suppose to wear a Medical ID for multiple conditions. What kind of ID is most likely to be recognized and be useful to emergency responders. Do the electronic enhancements matter.

    I'm playing sponge so anything you guys can suggest would be appreciated.
  2. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    As a paramedic I look for the bracelets and dog tags first, then I will look in the wallet/purse for medical info cards. Any of the "enhancements" if not readily obvious I set aside as in a emergency time is ticking.

    I don't wear any medical ID bracelets but I have Dog Tags and a card in my wallet with Meds, Allergies and pertinent medical history (major stuff not minor Tonsils, moles removed but major like major heart or abdominal surgery, implanted devices (Pacemakers, AICD, Etc). That card also has ICE (in case of emergency) contact info. Mine even has instructions to call my employer and if air medical transport is needed call XYZ number to launch an aircraft.
  3. Monica47

    Monica47 Original Member

    I'm not in the medical field but my husband had to start wearing a medical alert last year. We tried bracelets both metal and rubber ones - he didn't like the metal ones and eventually the rubber ones broke. Since he spent 20+ years in the military I started looking for medical alert dog tags and found a great site - extremely reasonable prices - and that is working out just perfect for him. You can put whatever info you want on them. Here's the link:
  4. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Thanks to both TravelnMedic and Monica47.

    My concern was if dog tag type ID'ss would be overlooked and what info should be on the ID itself. I have an ICE entry in my cell phone but don't know if medical types would take the time to search for that, especially first responders.
  5. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    No most EMS types will look for both and or in the wallet for info. The ICE contact only works if you cell isnt locked (which is the case most of the time the phone is locked so unless a call comes in while Im looking at the phone) unless you can program the phone to have the ICE numbers active for a emergency call. I just put the ICE numbers in my wallet card.

    The Dog tags need to have the same info as the bracelets. My tags have my name, DOB, drivers license (No SSN), Blood Type, Allergies, and Medical Alerts. Mine also has "See Wallet Card" which clues them in to look for it as that's where a bulk of the info is. I need to get mine redone as the stamping is flattening out, and newer style engraved are available and more info can be put on the tag.
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Why no SSN? Seems can't go in a doctors office without providing it.
  7. TravelnMedic

    TravelnMedic Original Member

    Identity theft is the biggest one, and after my experience not even going to put the last 4 on the tags.

    In a true emergency they can get the info later. BTDT too many times; chart ends up as a John/Jane doe or what ever identifier is given by the receiving facility. LEO can do a reverse look up of your DL or CHL for your SSN and pass it along to the crew on the ambulance.
  8. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    For an unconscious patient our training is to look for a Medic-Alert style necklace or bracelet first, then go for the wallet. I subscribe to ICEdot (formerly Invisible Bracelet) which gives me a wallet card and a key fob with a code number. Anyone can text that code to 55012 and get back my name and pertinent medical history, including a note to check my badge wallet for the 8.5 x 11 piece of paper with full info. Subscribed emergency responder agencies can use that code to get more information, plus have the ability to tell my ICE contacts I'm being transported.
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    So necklace or bracelet is equally good it sounds. My concern is getting the right info on the tab.

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