Medical alert bracelets can be lifesavers. Time and time again they have helped transmit vital information when the wearer is unable to communicate efficiently. Health professionals are trained to look for a bracelet or a necklace that contains an unresponsive patient’s medical information.
Do you have a condition like diabetes, allergies, heart disease, or high blood pressure that can leave you in a vulnerable state? People who wear medical alert bracelets feel a sense of security knowing that, should something happen to them while they are alone, they will be attended to properly.
A few years ago, a friend came close to sliding into a diabetic coma. She was having coffee, by herself, in a coffee shop and started acting confused which made her look like she was intoxicated.
Patrons and the coffee shop workers attended to her and called an ambulance when one of them noticed her bracelet that identified her condition. Without her medical alert bracelet, she might have been chased out due to her strange behavior.
Are you looking for a medical alert bracelet for yourself or for a loved one? There are so many out there to choose from. This is something that you will wear daily and that should not be clunky and heavy.
Your medical alert bracelet should match your fashion taste, and you should feel comfortable wearing it. If you don’t like it, chances are you won’t wear it.
A medical alert bracelet is engraved with all the medical information needed in case you become unconscious and cannot relay your immediate vital medical needs. This can include all or some of these identifiers:
Of course, getting all this information onto a bracelet can be a bit tricky. That’s why most of the information will be abbreviated and medical staff is trained to know what everything means.
You can speak with your primary caregiver to determine which information is most important for your particular situation.
Anyone who has a chronic illness or condition that can affect their ability to communicate properly in case of emergency can benefit from wearing a medical alert bracelet. People who live alone and who have medical conditions are also good candidates.
Most often, medical bracelets are used by people with conditions or illnesses like:
I decided to take a look at the available medical alert bracelet options, and here are my favorite picks.
Note: Your medical alert bracelet should have the Star of Life symbol on it so that it is easily identifiable for medical personnel.
Gone are the days when you could only choose from a handful of big, chunky – and ugly – medical alert bracelets. These days, there are a lot of stylish options, and my number one choice is an offering by American Medical ID.
The bracelet is feminine and has crystals and beads that give it a fashionable touch. You can choose from stainless steel or sterling silver and also pick the color of the symbol – black, red, aqua, or embossed.
Cost: $49.99 + $7.00 for engraving
This Elegant Medical Alert offering ranks second in my list of bracelets. It looks delicate and can easily pass as a fashion accessory. The silver-plated floral beads and stainless steel plaque bracelet is sure to fit with any outfit.
Divoti offers custom medical alert bracelets, and you can choose from a variety of colors for the Star of Life – from baby blue to vivid red.
A pre-engraved medical alert bracelet could be an affordable option if you don’t need to put a lot of info on it. This LinnaLove bracelet is cute and delicate and comes in rose, gold, or silver.
Medical bracelets from Medic Alert Foundation are reliable and have you covered in terms of medical IDs. I like this particular bracelet with heart details that is available in rose gold, black, or gold.
Medical bracelets don’t have to be ugly, and you should feel feminine while wearing one. When ordering your bracelet, make sure to review the information carefully because most are not returnable nor refundable after they have been customized with your medical information.
You may want to simply engrave your medical condition, or you may want to include more personal details.
Also, check the size charts on each website to make sure that you are ordering the proper fit.
Do you wear a medical alert bracelet? Where did you purchase it and has it been helpful for you? Do you have a story about a time when a medical alert bracelet saved someone’s life? Tell us about it in the comments below.