Medical alert bracelets identify a wide range of health and medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, diabetes, blood disorders and epilepsy, according to MedicAlert Foundation. The bracelets also identify food and drug allergies. Medical identification jewelry can be made of various materials, including metal, plastic and rubber, notes WebMD.
Patients who do not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed can have Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) indicated on their medical alert bracelets, notes About.com.
Medical alert bracelets are especially important for patients with epilepsy and other seizure disorders, reports About.com. The information on the bracelets can help first responders determine if the seizure is life-threatening.
MedicAlert Foundation offers a wide range of medical identification bracelets for men, women and children in a variety of styles. MedicAlert also offers medical identification necklaces, dog tags and accessories such as lace-up shoe tags and key chains. The products are available at pharmacies, doctor’s offices and at the organization’s website, MedicAlert.org.
MedicAlert is a nonprofit charity founded in 1956 to provide a link between patients who may be unresponsive and emergency responders who don’t have access to a patient’s health record, notes MedicAlert Foundation. In a medical emergency, first responders and medical personnel are trained to look for medical identification jewelry as a way to reduce treatment errors and provide faster and more effective treatment.