Who Should Wear a Medical ID?
That's a question we are asked each day at GSDsite.com and a question that you, at some point, may have asked yourself. There are common misconceptions that by wearing a medical ID you are labeling yourself or bringing unwanted attention to your condition or diagnosis. The truth is that medical Identification can be, and often times is, life saving.
If you have been recently diagnosed with a medical condition, a quick diagnosis of your condition will lead to faster and more effective treatment. Your medical ID bracelet or necklace will alert doctors, paramedics and school nurses of your medical history so that time is not wasted.
Who should wear a medical ID?
If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic condition, have food or drug allergies or take medications, then you should wear a medical ID. Any of the following conditions may alter the treatment you might normally receive. If you are a caregiver you should also wear a medical ID to alert emergency personnel of your loved one who needs attention. Let your medical identification jewelry speak for you when you can’t.
Here is a short list of conditions and people who should wear a medical ID bracelet or medical ID necklace. If we left anything out of this list, please bring that to our attention by commenting on this post.
- Heart Patients with Pacemakers, Heart Stents, Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Arrhythmia
- Lympedema Alert
- Food Allergies including Peanut Allergy, Tree Nut Allergy, Gluton Intolerace including Celiacs Disease
- Allergy to Medications such as Penicillin Allergy, Sulfa Allergy, Morphine Allergy, Allergy to Contrast Dye, Bee Sting Allergy, Allergic to Cephalosporins
- On Blood Thinners, Von Willebrand's, Hemophilia
- Gastric Bypass Patient, Lap Band Patient
- Alzheimers, Memory Impaired
- Manic Depressive, Schizophrenia
- Hearing Impaired, Cochlear Implant, Sight Impaired
- Organ Transplant Patient, Organ Donor
- Adrenal Insufficiency
- COPD, Seizure Disorder
- On Multiple Medications
- No MRI
- Any other Chronic Condition