Medical alert IDs can provide medical staff with important information if you are unable to provide it due to injury or shock.
They are available in a multitude of devices, including:
- jewellery (e.g. stainless steel, silver, gold)
- NFC tag
- QR code
- tattoo (permanent and temporary)
- USB flash drives
For easy identification by emergency services medical alerts IDs often incorporate the Star of Life design.
Medical id cards and jewellery – Epilepsy Society
List of suppliers of ID cards, jewellery, ID membership schemes as well as computer-based and near-field communication (NFC) medical IDs.
What to Know Before Getting a Medical Alert Tattoo – US News – 20-Aug-2015
Patients can hesitate to tell doctors they have tattoos due to varying social views.
Tattoo that said ‘diabetes’ could be interpreted as a statement of support for a close relative.
It’s probably not advisable for people who already have allergy problems to introduce ink into their system.
Confessions of a Non-Compliant Medical Alert ID Wearer – Healthline – 12-Jun-2013
Mike Hoskins explains why after three decades with diabetes he suddenly decided to buy an alert bracelet.
Clinical Practice Guidelines – Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee – 01-July-2006
Checking for medical alert bracelet (and other indicators) mentioned in several assessment areas.
Importance of emergency identification schemes – Emergency Medicine Journal – 1-Mar-2002
Nearly all ambulance respondents indicated it was routine to search for body worn emblems.
Only 71% of accident & emergency staff do the same.
Over half of ambulance respondents said information on emblems/cards would not influence their choice of destination hospital.