Medical Alert IDs

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:

  • card
  • 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.

Resources

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.

Latest News

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.