Medical ID jewelry can quite literally save your life in an emergency €” but what should you even engrave on it? Or do you really need to wear it? There are a lot of questions out there about medical ID jewelry, and we hope this blog series can be a resource for you as you navigate it. In part 1 of this blog, for example, we discussed why and when to wear engraved medical ID bracelets, along with who should wear them. In today's post, we're going to focus more on the nuances of medical ID jewelry €” like what to engrave and how. Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page or contact us.
What should I engrave on my medical ID?
This is one of the questions about personalized medical bracelets that we hear most often. We recommend engraving your first and last name, medical condition(s), treatment considerations, food and drug allergies, and an emergency contact.Here are some tips to follow:
List medical conditions that would be important in an emergency
List medicines you've used on a long-term, daily basis. List most important medicines first.
Use abbreviations and short, descriptive words (the ID card in your wallet can list more information). ICE, for example, is widely accepted as an abbreviation for €œin case of emergency.€
When in doubt or confused, it's wise to speak with your physician, pharmacist, or doctor about what should or shouldn't be on your medical ID jewelry.
How do I abbreviate my engraving?
Here are some common abbreviations for your medical ID tag:
AVR: Aortic Valve Replacement
A-FIB: Atrial Fibrillation
BP: Blood Pressure
CKD: Chronic Kidney Disease
COPD: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CHF: Coronary Heart Disease
CF: Cystic Fibrosis
DVT: Deep Vein Thrombosis
DNR: Do Not Resuscitate
EPIPEN: Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)
HBP: High Blood Pressure
ICE: In Case of Emergency
MVP: Mitral Valve Prolapse
NKA: No Known Allergies
NKDA: No Known Drug Allergies
NO NSAIDS: No Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
T1D/T2D: Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
TX: Transplant or Treatment
VWD: Von Willebrand's Disease
When doing abbreviations, make sure to carefully distinguish between a medication you take and a medication you're allergic to.