Medical Alert Jewelry and Tools

Options for Wearing Your Heart on Your Sleeve

If the paramedics were standing in front of you and asking questions about your medical conditions right now, how much could you tell them without a cheat sheet? Could you tell them which medications you're taking? How about the dosages?

Recalling the details of your medication cabinet doesn't come easily during a medical emergency. But that information is vital to the professionals taking care of you. Emergencies happen when we least expect it, so it's important to prepare ahead of time.

Here are some products and services designed to help prepare you for the unexpected. Regardless which one you use, be sure to update medical information regularly. Outdated information may be more dangerous than none at all.


Personal Medical Jewelry

Medicalert is the granddaddy of all medical jewelry. Image courtesy of Medicalert Foundation

Medical jewelry is an old standby. MedicAlert makes the most recognizable bracelets, with basic information engraved on the back of the company's emblem. Emergency workers can immediately see important conditions or allergies.

The Problem:

You have to wear it!


Wallet Cards

At home it's important to keep personal medical information handy. In your wallet or purse it doesn't need to be as detailed, but it does need to cover some basic information:

  • Name
  • Birthdate
  • Drug or food allergies
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Emergency contacts
The Problem:

Ambulance personnel probably won't look in your wallet. More than likely, the card will be found at the hospital.


Put Your Cell Phone on ICE

The Problem:

Ambulance personnel may not look in your phone. They will, however, take your phone to the hospital where workers can call your emergency contact.


Vial of Life


Vial of Life Project

The Problem: This method only works at home.


Scroll I.D.

The Scroll I.D. is a low-tech version of the USB keychain devices. A small scroll with personal medical information is housed inside a keychain. It carries the same type of personal medical information as a wallet card. Identification issues are alleviated by putting the owner's picture on the scroll.

The Problem: This product is not as well known as the others above. Rescuers may not recognize this object as a medical information device. The manufacturer is working to increase awareness.

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