Did you know that August is MedicAlert Awareness Month? Even though these medical IDs have been around for decades, you may not know about how important they are to both those who use them and medical professionals alike. Here are some facts about how MedicAlert IDs work, and how they can be the difference between proper and improper medical care.

What is a MedicAlert ID?
A MedicAlert ID is commonly worn as a bracelet by individuals who have life-threatening or potentially dangerous medical conditions. These IDs list the wearer’s medical or cognitive conditions, as well as any medications or health devices that they use, in plain, globally-accepted language for emergency responders upon arrival after being called for help.

While anyone can use a MedicAlert ID and include any conditions they deem important on them, some common conditions that warrant a need for a medical ID bracelet include;

  • Allergies to commonly used medications
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  • Epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiac conditions
  • Prescribed medications
  • Use of medical devices (like a pacemaker)
  • Psychological and neurological conditions (autism, dementia, Tourette’s, Alzheimer’s, or PTSD)
  • and more

How a MedicAlert ID Helps
If you have a family member or loved one that is suffering from a pre-existing health condition and you’re worried that they won’t receive the proper treatment in light of an accident or medical emergency, MedicAlert IDs can help to provide peace of mind that they get the care they need!

When first responders are called, a MedicAlert ID allows them to quickly identify the wearer’s medical and cognitive conditions, ensuring the treatment given is both safe and efficient. If required, responders have access to a 24-hour MedicAlert hotline that can be called to access a more detailed medical profile on the wearer.

MedicAlert bracelets help protect the well-being of those with preexisting health conditions by providing accurate, up-to-date medical information to those who treat them, and paired with the proper insurance policy, individuals can feel at ease knowing they are covered for a worry-free recovery!

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