Sharing medical information with first responders or emergency department staff is key to proper and prompt patient care. Children who are non-verbal or have special health needs are at greatest risk of delayed treatment in an emergency. One way to share health information with medical professionals is through medical ID tags, cards or jewelry.
What information should be on the personal medical ID? (from Seattle Children’s)
- Child’s diagnosis or health condition. For example, insulin-dependent diabetes (type 1 or type 2 diabetes), seizure disorder, bleeding disorder, hearing loss.
- Child’s name
- Drug or food allergies
- Name and phone number of one or two emergency contacts
- “See wallet card” (if you or child carries a card with additional information)
Where can I purchase a personal medical ID?
- American Medical ID
- Fifty50 Medical (diabetes)
- Lauren’s Hope
- MedicAlert Foundation
- Sticky Jewelry
- IfINeedHelp.org: If I Need Help uses QR Code Technology with the wearers health and contact information. The user-managed information is editable in real time and can be accessed by a computer or cell phone. If I Need Help’s medical ID options include shoe/dog tags, patches, apparel, pins/clips and can also be worn as temporary tattoos.