The concept behind medical alert bracelets and necklaces is very simple.
As you will see from the images below, the bracelet [or pendant, necklace, watch or other piece of jewelry] is worn to allow emergency responders to have access to information about your medical condition if you are incapacitated and unable to give them this information.
This is because EMS, police and fire emergency personnel are trained to look for some form of medic alert jewelry on someone if…
- They are incapacitated or unconscious
- Cannot speak
- Are confused [which makes this handy for dementia/Alzheimer’s patients]
In addition, because many of the bracelets, jewelry or watches that are used as medic alerts can be engraved, it is also very handy to put an emergency contact number on the item in addition to the ailments that you as the patient are suffering from.
With this is mind, let’s talk about some of the types of medical alert bracelets, watches and pendants that are available, where you can get them and how much they will cost you.
Medical Alert Bracelets
First of all, when I went searching for my parents, these types of devices cost anywhere from around $15 up to $4,000. Now, I don’t know about you but my folks didn’t need a 24-karat gold medic alert bracelet. They just needed the bracelet.
So you are rich and want one of the $4,000.00 one’s congratulations…knock yourself out.
The medical alert bracelet at the right are classic examples of what I am talking about.
- AFFORDABLE. Under $20
- Engravable. The diagram clearly show how the area for the engraving. Here you can include emergency contact information, your medical conditions, etc…
That pretty clearly spells out that you are a diabetic. Then you can reserve the area for engraving for doctors information, the type of diabetes you have, medications you are taking, etc…
These are just a few examples of the types of medical alert bracelets available.
Regardless of your decision, the products above were chosen to be practical, so that they could effectively perform what you were seeking from them, and economical, so that owning one wouldn’t cost an arm or a leg.
Medical Alert Necklace
Medical alert necklaces are becoming more and more of a necessity.
Not only for seniors, but for others as well, who have a medical history that may need to be communicated to emergency services personnel like the police or ambulance crew in the event they are incapacitated and are unable to communicate themselves.
Necklaces, and other type of medical alert jewelry, can come in all shapes and sizes, are very economical…prices start around $29…and can be custom engraved. Some of the potential information you may want on the engraving would be…
- Your medical condition
- Your blood type
- An emergency contact number
Granted, the engraving area on a medical alert necklace may not be as thorough as on the medic alert bracelets, but you can definitely get the essentials in there.
There are large supplies of necklaces that will fit every style and budget.
You have everything from stainless steel dog tags all the way up to steel-protected USB thumb drives you wear around your neck that can carry all of your electronic medical records.
Below I am going to give you a sample of the types of items that are available.
This is a very interesting concept. It is an engravable ID tag which comes with a USB port to store your medical information.
Here is how to works. You can have the outside engraved with any information that you would normally choose to have…but the real magic is on the inside.
The USB allows you to store important medical information, medical records, emergency contact information and any other information you choose to.
This way emergency services, whether in the ambulance or at the emergency room, are able to access your information by inserting the USB into any computer.
It also comes with the option to have this information password-protected if need be…so that your information will not be used without your consent.
Stainless Steel Dog Tag Embossed
- Offered in stainless steel, gold, silver, 10k or 14k…so you have plenty of options to choose from.
- The engraving of any important medical information or contact information is done for free as part of the purchase.
- The neck chain is included.
- Comes in your choice of red, blue or an embossed medical symbol.
Now, they have gold and silver dog tags if you are the fashion conscious, but for those on a limited income the stainless steel will work just fine.
And the best part about a medical alert necklace is that rescue workers are trained to look for them, so you can be assured that if you are in an accident your important personal information can get to emergency services.
Medical Alert Charms
But a constant worry for those who use medic alert jewelry is whether emergency personnel will overlook the information on it…and one way to solve that is with a medical alert charm.
You merely attach a charm like the one above to items that you normally carry with you…such as your wallet, your key chain, your cell phone, a necklace, etc…
In this way you can be sure that emergency services will be looking for the medic alert ID and then be able to use the information on it to assist you.
Now, I am giving you just an idea of the types of medic alert necklaces that American Medical ID had to offer. You definitely need to check them out in order to see the full line of necklaces they have to offer.
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