Save Your Life: Wear Your Medical Bracelet

We often hear from patients in the clinic here at Joslin Diabetes Center that wearing a medical emergency bracelet can be a bit of a nuisance.  To begin with, it’s not exactly a fashion accessory, is it?

Nevertheless, you should wear one.  In fact, we can’t emphasize too much just how important it is for anyone living with diabetes to wear a medical bracelet.

We all know that (as the saying goes) “hypoglycemia happens.” You can be doing everything right , and a sudden loss in blood glucose levels can still occur. If you don’t have what you need to treat a “low”, you could become disoriented or unresponsive. This is when your bracelet can save your life.

The message on your medical alert bracelet should be concise and to the point.  “Diabetes” should be engraved boldly on one side.  The other side of the bracelet can have other information such as “insulin dependent” or “medication controlled.”  Other important information can include:

  • An emergency contact number
  • The name of your physician
  • A referral to another place for more information, for example “see wallet card for a full medical history”

Wearing a bracelet will quickly provide the correct health information to first responders and people at the scene—saving time and quite possibly your life. It will help to ensure that you’re treated correctly  much faster than might be the case if you had not been wearing a bracelet.

When it comes to style, there are many different types of bracelets to choose from, found both online or through medical supply stores. From the simplest to the most elaborate in design, the possibilities are seemingly endless. A word of caution though, the more ornate the design, the more difficult it will be to detect the actual purpose of your bracelet and read information.

Or if the medical alert bracelet really isn’t your thing, perhaps a medical alert tattoo is more your speed.  How’s that for an idea?

Do you wear a medical alert bracelet? What type of information is on the bracelet itself?

Photo Credit: mcbill

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2 Responses to Save Your Life: Wear Your Medical Bracelet

  1. Tina Sprigg says:

    I agree that they should be worn at all times. The Beadin’ Beagle has a large selection of medical jewelry for women, men and children.

    http://www.beadin-beagle.com

  2. Justin says:

    The metal medical alert bracelets have always been a non-starter for me. They’d get snagged on things and made me feel self conscious. I finally found a solution from a little company in Oregon called ICE Bands Northwest (ICE = In Case of Emergency). They sell purely silicone medical alert bracelets (no metal) that are customized and cheap.

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