Why Do I Need to Wear a Medical ID?

There is a common misconception that medical bracelets can seem like a tool to label individuals with allergies, diabetes, epilepsy and other medical conditions, but there is overwhelming evidence that medical bracelets can help save lives and prevent mishaps. If you are thinking about whether or not a medical bracelet is right for you, here are few things to keep in mind:

  1. Diabetes:  Approximately 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. This outrageous number accounts for 7.8% of the total U.S. population and yet a lot of the population does not know what diabetes is or how to help someone who has diabetes during an emergency. [4] Your custom intake of insulin can be printed on your medical ID.
  2. In case of an emergency, paramedics will be able to attend to you without having to waste time looking through a medical record. More than 75% of emergency responders check for a medical ID immediately upon assessing the patient. If you are wearing a medical bracelet, it won’t be missed. [3]
  3. Perhaps one of the  least known reasons to get a medical bracelet is to help children with severe food allergies.  Reports have shown that the prevalence of food allergies among children under the age of 18 has increased 18% from 1997 to 2007.[1] Despite this growth, self reported responses from 409 food allergic children or their guardians, indicated that 42% of participants had multiple allergic reactions while in childcare settings and that only 32% of these participants were administered epinephrine as directed by their physicians.[2] The discrepancy here seems to caused by the fact that childcare staff and teachers are unaware or uneducated about how to deal with children with severe food allergies.  A medical bracelet can serve as customary instructions on how to help a child when they are unable to communicate their food allergies in an emergency.
  4. Epilepsy: Dealing with epilepsy episodes is not easy. Bystanders may not be educated enough about epilepsy to know how to help someone. The constant fear is as follows: ” I feel very insecure about going out in the world never knowing if I’ll have an episode and no one would know how to help me.”[5] Don’t let fear prevent you from doing what you want; a medical ID bracelet can help someone figure out what to do.
  5. Vegetarians: The 2008 census brought about some interesting findings. One in every 200 US kids are vegetarian![6] This may be due to the fact that there has been a sharp increase in interest  in children’s health in America , with 95% of census survey responders admitting that promoting healthy food choices is very important to them.[i]  What can be frustrating for parents raising a vegetarian child, is dealing with public school systems that are not vegetarian friendly. If the school faculty is unaware that your child is vegetarian, they may not know not to give them any meat.
  6. Asthma: Asthma affects 20 million Americans yet it is difficult to tell if someone is suffering from an asthma attack. A medical alert bracelet can eliminate the time wasted when trying to evaluate whether or not someone is having an asthma attack.
  7. Emergency contacts/finding your child: No one is a perfect parent and can honestly say that their child hasn’t escaped their sight. As horrible as it sounds if dog tags can help you find your lost pet… why couldn’t a medical bracelet help you find your child?
  8. They are more fashionable than you think:  Unfortunately, the common misconception about medical bracelets and necklaces is that they are unfashionable and stick out a little too much. What people don’t know is that medical bracelets have come a long way and are very customizable and can be highly fashionable.

Liz Gabel
American Medical ID
Interactive Sales Marketing


[2] http://www.pediatricsupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=33824

[3] http://www.beadin-beagle.com/

[4] http://www.diabetes.org/about-diabetes.jsp

[5] http://www.coping-with-epilepsy.com/forums/f27/wear-not-wear-medical-bracelets-3076/

[6] http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Diet/wireStory?id=6622568

[i] (Mintel- marketing health to children and parents March 2009)

About Shannon Thiery

As American Medical ID's Marketing Specialist, Shannon manages company social media channels and print marketing. Shannon is a Texas Native and attended the University of Texas at San Antonio where she majored in Marketing. She enjoys traveling the world, going to the lake with her family and spending time with her adorable Shih Tzu, Teddy!

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