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Free Medic Alert Bracelets For Diabetes

Free Medic Alert Bracelets For Diabetes

Free medic alert bracelets for those with diabetes are hard to find, but some organizations do offer them as product samples. One such company, American Medical ID (www.AmericanMedical-ID.com) offers tabletop order form displays that include gift certificates so that interested individuals can obtain complimentary necklaces or bracelets. These are targeted toward educators and other healthcare professionals who set up booths at tradeshows or health fairs as promotional giveaway items or to be used as raffle prizes. When ordering, American Medical ID requests information regarding what the particular event is (health fair, tradeshow, etc.) and also requires the date on which the event is to occur. To learn more about the program, contact American Medical ID by calling its toll-free phone number at 1-800-363-5985 or by e-mailing the company using the online contact form on the Web site. Live chat is also featured on this site every weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Standard Time with online assistants to answer any questions. Cool Med ID Although you may have difficulty finding medic alert bracelets for free, you dont have to spend a lot. At Cool Med ID (www.CoolMedID.com), for instance, you can purchase a wristband starting at only $3.49 plus $2 for shipping. These are produced from a high-quality 100 percent silicone material and feature “DIABETIC” embossed on them, along with the Caduceus medical alert symbol. The text doesnt fade or rub off; they are easy to put on and take of with no clasps to wrestle with; they are hypoallergenic, waterproof, and resistant to stains; and the wristbands come in a huge variety of colors in sizes to fit both children and adults. Free Necklaces The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation at www.DiabetesWellness.net doesn Continue reading >>

Terms And Definitions For Your Diabetic Bracelet

Terms And Definitions For Your Diabetic Bracelet

Simple ways to engrave your conditions and meds so first responders know what to do and what not to do. DIABETES 1 or DIABETES 2—Every worldwide Diabetes Organizations strongly recommends using Arabic Numbers instead of Roman Numerals for "type" catagories to avoid serious mistakes. Diabetic Abbreviations: DI (Diabetes Insipidus) DM (Diabetes Mellitus) GDM (Gestational Diabetes Mellitus) Engraving Examples: DIABETES 2-ON MEDS JANE DOE ICE: 555-555-1212 Don’t forget: Include other serious medical conditions and meds. See the ADA for more help... To buy a diabetic ID bracelet through the ADA and have Medical ID Fashions contribute directly for all products purchased, please go to Shop Diabetes Store and select the Medical ID Fashions ad for over 600 bracelet styles—the most complete line of diabetic bracelets anywhere. The ADA thanks you for your support. How the ADA works with Medical ID Fashions: Please go to Diabetes-ADA on this website for how Medical ID Fashions works hand-in-hand with the ADA to help diabetes patients all over the world. • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report: Estimates of Diabetes and Its Burden in the United States. Fact Sheet, Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, 2014. • Mayo Clinic: DM1 Complications August 02, 2014 (accessed May 2016) Why do diabetics need a medical bracelet? People with diabetes can have a number of symptoms such as confusion, slurred speech, unconsciousness and lack of coordination. Sometimes these symptoms can come on rapidly without warning. Your slurred speech and lack of coordination could give the appearance of being drunk to police, and you may end up in jail instead of a hospital. In any accident, if you’re unconscious and can’t speak for you Continue reading >>

Medical Id Jewelry You'll Want To Wear Every Day

Medical Id Jewelry You'll Want To Wear Every Day

Medical ID Jewelry You'll Want to Wear Every Day Medical ID Jewelry You'll Want to Wear Every Day If you have a history of anaphylaxis or a diagnosis of severe food allergies, you should always wear a medical ID you literally shouldn't leave the house without one on. Always is a long time, though, so you also should actually like that bracelet or necklace you'll be wearing day in and day out. Ideally, it should be something you will enjoy and that will complement your overall outfit. Sure, it's potentially life-saving, but it should also just plain look good, too. Here are five companies that make a variety of different medical ID jewelry you'll truly want to wear. They range from silicone jelly bracelets (perfect for young kids) to Pandora-style beaded bracelets and custom leather bands, and all have been Verywell.com readers' favorites over the year. A medical alert bracelet.Jill Fromer/Getty Images Laurens Hope was founded in 1994 by Denise Gaskill and LeAnn Carlson. The company originally had a different name, but in 2001 they created the first Laurens Hope for a Cure medical ID bracelet for a customer with juvenile diabetes who did not want to wear a medical ID that made her look different from her friends. The bracelets became so popular that Denise and LeAnn changed the name of the company. Customers with other needs began requesting medical IDs, and today Laurens Hope makes a diverse collection of IDs. The company offers beaded bracelets, fun dog tags for kids, interchangeableallergy jelly bands, and kid-friendly backpack tags and temporary tattoos for kids who just won't wear jewelry. Lauren's Hope winner of our 2012 Readers' Choice Awards for Best Medical ID Jewelry also offers a line of handcrafted medical ID jewelry. Allermates' silicone jelly bracelets wit Continue reading >>

Importance Of Wearing A Medical Alert Bracelet With Diabetes

Importance Of Wearing A Medical Alert Bracelet With Diabetes

Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others, according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center). How They’re Beneficial for People with Diabetes Medical alert bracelets can be extremely important for people with diabetes. Should you have a low blood glucose reaction and suddenly become confused or unresponsive, the bracelet allows immediate identification of the problem to both bystanders and paramedics. The sooner the low blood glucose reactions can be identified, the sooner they can be treated. Emergency department personnel also use medical alert bracelets to rapidly identify people with diabetes, particularly when they may not be able to express that they have diabetes on their own. On arrival to an emergency department, one of the routine parts of the evaluation of the critically ill, unconscious, or disoriented patients is to remove their clothing to inspect the body for a cause of their sudden alteration, Grossman says. In these situations, medical alert bracelets can be invaluable as a time saver. Information People with Diabetes Should Put on a Medical Alert Bracelet The message on your medical alert bracelet should be concise and to the point. “Diabetes” should be engraved boldly on one side. The other side of the bracelet can have other information such as “insulin dependent” or “medication controlled,” he says. Other important information can include: An emergency contact number The name of your physician A referral to another Continue reading >>

Diabetic Jewelry Can Save Your Life

Diabetic Jewelry Can Save Your Life

Diabetic jewelry can be a dog tag, a medical alert bracelet or a beautiful gold charm. But whether you spend a little or a lot, this piece of jewelry will save your life. Do you really need diabetic jewelry? You are already spending so much to manage diabetes. What if you never need it? This is the same argument used against wearing seatbelts and locking doors. You may never need those things, but if the time comes that you do, you will bless the day you chose to use them. Over 95% of emergency medical people say they look for medical alert jewelry, and 75% of them say they search for a bracelet or necklace first before they do anything else. Here's another statistic that might help you make up your mind about medical ID. Half of medical errors occur on admission or discharge from a hospital. Diabetic jewelry and other medical alert items could keep that from happening to you. Type 2 diabetes symptoms include hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. One of the most troubling side effects of low blood sugar is confusion. I know from personal experience that you do not have to be in a diabetic coma to be unable to speak for yourself clearly. There may not be a friend or family member present to tell the hospital or emergency personnel that you are diabetic. At the moment they need to make quick decisions, your diabetic ID tag fills in the blanks for them. There are horror stories taken from the news even today about people in diabetic shock who were treated as if they were on drugs or alcohol. The symptoms of diabetic shock need to be diagnosed quickly to save your life. Without diabetic jewelry you take the chance of a delay in treatment out of a misunderstanding. If you are diabetic you should have diabetic jewelry on your neck or wrist. If you have drug allergies or are on blo Continue reading >>

Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets, Medical Alert Dog Tags, Medical Alert Pendants

Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets, Medical Alert Dog Tags, Medical Alert Pendants

Medical ID Bracelets, Medical ID Tags, Medical ID Necklaces – Custom or Pre-engraved! The American College of Emergency Physicians advises people to “carry an emergency medical ID card or wear medical ID jewelry if they have a health condition, allergy, implanted device or if they are taking medications that might be life-threatening.” If you or a loved one has Diabetes, Shop Now for your Diabetes Medical Alert Bracelets, Dog Tags or Necklaces. Diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or blood sugar, levels are too high. Glucose comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is a hormone that helps the glucose get into your cells to give them energy. With Diabetes Type 1, your body does not make insulin. With Diabetes Type 2, the more common type, your body does not make or use insulin well. Without enough insulin, the glucose stays in your blood. You can also have pre-diabetes. This means that your blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. Having pre-diabetes puts you at a higher risk of getting Diabetes Type 2. Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb. Pregnant women can also get diabetes, called gestational diabetes. Blood tests can show if you have Diabetes. One type of test, the A1C, can also check on how you are managing your Diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your blood glucose level and take medicine if prescribed. Our Diabetes medical alert bracelets, medical ID or necklaces are critically important and may save your life in an emergency situation. If you are ever hurt or in Continue reading >>

Tattoos For Medical Alerts

Tattoos For Medical Alerts

It's on his right wrist, "where you would find it if you were checking for a pulse," says Dubois, 48, a diabetes educator at a rural clinic. Interest in medical alert tattoos is increasing among people who have conditions that could affect treatment in an emergency. Others get tattoos to convey a directive, such as "no CPR" on the chest. "It really serves a great purpose, but it has to be done right," says Saleh Aldasouqi, M.D., a Michigan State University diabetes expert. Choosing a licensed tattoo parlor is important, and for proper healing a diabetic needs well-controlled blood sugar before tattooing. A word of caution: First responders aren't trained to look for tattoos, and skin damage in accidents can obscure them, says Rebecca Dinan Schneider, spokeswoman for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. "Medical alert jewelry is still the standard." Also of interest: Diabetes-friendly recipes. Continue reading >>

Diabetes Medical Id Jewelry

Diabetes Medical Id Jewelry

Custom engraving means every ID works for you! Choose the style you prefer, and we will engrave it with your Diabetes diagnosis and other pertinent information. We custom engrave Diabetes medical ID jewelry daily at Laurens Hope. Diabetes, also called Diabetes Mellitus, requires constant monitoring and management. There is always a risk of a diabetic emergency, and these events can render people unable to think clearly or self advocate. Wearing a Diabetes medical ID bracelet at all times can help improve the outcome of a diabetic emergency because when first responders know a patient has Diabetes, they are better able to evaluate the situation and provide the right assistance. A DIABETES MEDICAL ID COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE If you or someone you love has Diabetes, medical ID jewelry is a true necessity. We recommend listing your name, diagnosis(es), any medications, all allergies, and emergency contact numbers. Please note that if you are using an insulin pump, listing this device on your medical ID tag is helpful, particularly with smaller, tubeless pumps often being worn in non-traditional pump sites, which makes them easy to miss on initial exam. Here are some samples of what to engrave on your Diabetes medical ID: Its important to note that every custom-engravable medical ID is just that: custom engravable. That means the same Laurens Hope medical ID will work whether you need a medical ID for diabetes, lymphedema, gastric bypass, or any other condition. 95% of first responders report they check the neck and both wrists of unresponsive patients, so despite the type of medical ID you choose, in an emergency, your medical ID may advocate for you. Interchangeable medical ID bracelets: When you opt for an interchangeable medical ID, youre purchasing a bracelet strand with l Continue reading >>

Why You Should Wear A Medical Id

Why You Should Wear A Medical Id

It's a scenario that many people with diabetes fear: being unable to help yourself because of high or low blood glucose. That's why it's so important to wear a medical ID. "A medical ID can speak for you if you can't speak for yourself," says Marcia D. Draheim, R.N., CDE, president-elect of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and a PWD type 2. For example, one of Draheim's patients became disoriented from low blood glucose while driving. Fortunately, a medical ID came to the rescue. "Once the highway patrol [pulled her over], they read 'diabetic' on her medical ID and immediately knew how to help her," Draheim says. Always Wear Your Medical ID The one day you choose not to wear an ID might be the very day you need it. "The challenge for diabetes educators like me lies in motivating people to wear medical ID 24/7," Draheim says. Finding one that you like enough to wear every day is key. Many people dislike wearing their diabetes on their sleeve -- or around their neck. Fashion-forward IDs may be more appealing to some, including Sheri Gouterman's 11-year-old son, T.J. "He refused to wear a traditional ID but was more than willing to wear a trendy bead necklace with the medical charm in the middle," Sheri says. Make Sure It's Clear Medical IDs now include temporary tattoos, beaded bracelets, and stretchy silicone wristbands. You can wear an ID around your neck or ankle, tied to the laces of a sneaker, or fastened to a jacket zipper. But before you let fashion sense overrule common sense, heed Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Bob Coulombe: Emergency responders need to see and recognize the ID as a warning symbol so they can treat you. "Simpler is better," Coulombe says. "If your ID looks too much like fancy jewelry, we may not recognize it as a medica Continue reading >>

Medical Alert Jewelry For Diabetes

Medical Alert Jewelry For Diabetes

When I learned I had developed Type 2 diabetes, I did not go out that day and buy a medical alert necklace. In fact, it took me several years to see the need to wear one. Adjusting to this chronic condition took a long time because Type 2 diabetes turned my life upside down. There were new medicines, blood sugar logbooks, and diabetes education classes. I visited doctors more in my first year with diabetes than in my entire life before. There was also a new financial pressure. Having diabetes costs money. So I was not interested in buying a necklace or bracelet to warn some stranger about my diabetes. Getting medical alert jewelry was not on my to-do list. But experiencing a low blood sugar in the middle of the grocery store forced me to think about how having Type 2 diabetes was changing my life. I had to either stop going places by myself or plan ahead. This chronic condition makes us vulnerable in new ways. Things change whether we like it or not, especially as we grow older with Type 2 diabetes. Here are some of the things that made me decide to buy a medical alert necklace: • Almost every person with diabetes has blood low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) at times. These episodes can occur with little or no warning. • One of the side effects of hypoglycemia is confusion. It may be difficult to communicate your needs, and a piece of medical alert jewelry can speak for you. • Emergency medical professionals say they look for medical alert bracelets and necklaces. When questioned about it, three out of four said they looked for a necklace or bracelet first before they did anything else. So when every second counts, your medical alert jewelry saves time. • Medical errors in hospitals do happen, and you are most at risk for those errors on admission and discharge. Wea Continue reading >>

Free Diabetes Id Necklace

Free Diabetes Id Necklace

DRWF has been a strong force in getting the awareness and preparedness message across to the diabetes community by offering a Diabetes Identification. Currently, DRWF is the only resource that provides the identification for FREE by request. Our mission is to promote and educate the public about proper identification for those with diabetes. This identification is key when you are unable to speak for yourself in an emergency. You can request the FREE Diabetes necklace -with a self-addressed and stamped envelope sent to DRWF or you can order online. By wearing this life saving ID each day, you are in effect educating and sharing your knowledge of diabetes. Since announcing the Diabetes Necklace program in 1993, DRWF has experienced an overwhelming response. The diabetes identification necklace reads “I Have Diabetes, Please Test My Blood Before Treating Me.” Many people have found the “Diabetes ID” to be very useful and lifesaving. Many individuals have written in to tell us how useful and life-saving our Diabetes Identification Necklace is: “What a great idea, this could save me, I will wear my necklace every day.” “ I needed a necklace but I just couldn’t afford one. Thanks for offering this FREE service.” “I never used to wear any identification, but now I know how important it is. Thanks for making me realize what could happen if I didn’t have a diabetes ID.” DRWF is proud to offer a product that everyone can use in an emergency situation, and hopefully this will prevent accidents in the future. So spread the word to your diabetes community. To receive your FREE Diabetes Necklace, click here to fill out the Diabetes Necklace Coupon and mail your self-addressed, stamped ($0.69) request to the address below. FREE Diabetes Necklace 1832 Connectic Continue reading >>

Alternatives To Medical Id Jewelry: Diabetes Questions & Answers

Alternatives To Medical Id Jewelry: Diabetes Questions & Answers

Q: I have had Type 1 diabetes since 1972. For years, my endocrinologist has recommended I get a Medic-Alert bracelet. I have tried, but jewelry in general tends to agitate me. As an alternative, I thought about getting a tattoo on my wrist where a bracelet would be. But my doctor said paramedics “wouldn’t be looking for a tattoo.” So I am unidentified as a diabetic. Are there any other options? A: It’s good that you’re looking for solutions. Medical identification now is more important than ever, not only for health reasons (having something that can speak for you if you can’t speak for yourself) but also for legal reasons (there have been a number of cases in which people were arrested and charged with being “under the influence” when they actually were hypoglycemic). A medical ID card, displayed prominently above your usual ID in your wallet or purse, is a good idea for just about everyone. Make sure it is easily noticeable and includes pertinent information about your health (type of diabetes, medications, allergies, primary doctor’s information, emergency contact). Medical IDs have come a long way in 25 years. The MedicAlert Foundation continues to maintain a database of health information for its members, linked to the ID number on the emblem. The styles have improved and the variety of designs is almost endless. Multiple companies have developed medical IDs that have leather bands (rather than chain links), connectors for attaching the emblem to shoes, backpacks, purses, or handbags, as well as some with a true “bling-like” appearance for those who like jewelry. Whether your tastes are casual or extravagant, the important thing is that you have some form of medical identification with you at all times. Nobody plans to have a serious low blood Continue reading >>

Tattoos Replacing Medical-alert Bracelets For Those With Diabetes, Other Ailments

Tattoos Replacing Medical-alert Bracelets For Those With Diabetes, Other Ailments

NAPLES, Fla. - The first time Jimbo Carriero died, it lasted only a few minutes. "I didn't see the white lights everyone talks about, but I sure got an overwhelming feeling of total bliss," Carriero said of complications following a stent procedure after a heart attack in September 2008. "It was beautiful, just a beautiful feeling, like all my bills had been paid." So the next time, he wants to stay there. The 52-year-old owner of Body Branding Tattoo Emporium in Naples had "Do Not Resuscitate" tattooed on his chest a year later. He is among a growing number of people who want a more permanent medical alert. The Canadian Medical Association Journal reported in May that medical tattooing appears to be increasing, partly because the often-pricey medical alert bracelets can be lost or broken, some people prefer tattoos, and others can't wear jewelry at work. The journal detailed tattoos for diabetes, blood types and end-of-life wishes. Like Carriero, Spencer Cootware nearly died. After a day of fishing on Dec. 29, the 50-year-old Naples bail bondsman felt the worst pain he'd ever experienced, "like an alien crawling out of my back." Clutching his cellphone, he dialed 911 and shouted for help as he fell to the floor at home. He'd suffered a ruptured aorta. After that, he bought a medical alert card for his wallet and a bracelet and dog tag with his medical information stored on a USB device. "I don't want them to do unnecessary surgery," Cootware said of emergency medical technicians and doctors, adding that it was corrected with medication. Last week, he took a more permanent step: A medical tattoo on his right wrist with the words "Medical Alert: Type B Thoracic Aortic Aneurism." "If I'm incapacitated and can't talk, they would do a screen of my body and see the aneurysm Continue reading >>

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Wearing Medical Alert Bracelets

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Wearing Medical Alert Bracelets

At one time in America, medical alert bracelets were extremely popular. They were a quick way to alert medical professionals as to whether or not we had a medical condition in the event we were incapacitated and physically unable to do so verbally. While a lot of advancements have come about since the medical alert bracelet, should we still wear one if we have diabetes? I’ll be the first to admit that I do not wear a medical alert bracelet. Perhaps I should but to me, it brings about too much attention. Even when I was in the military, I did not wear my red medical dog tags because I did not want people to know that I had a “medical condition.” Why? Because of the stigma that is often associated with diabetics. Looking at the situation now, I can see where there may be times when we NEED to let people know that we have diabetes. Car accidents happen daily and in the case of a bad accident that leaves us unconscious or on the verge of death, you bet that we want to let those around us, particularly the medical personnel, know that we have diabetes. What better way to do this than by wearing a medical alert bracelet? The decision to do surgery or the medications that we are given largely depends on our blood sugar levels. The risk of infection and failure for our bodies to heal are all concerns when you have diabetes. I think that it’s safe to say that none of us were happy when we first found out that we had diabetes. The words “you’re a diabetic” or “you have diabetes” can sound like a death sentence and while we … This time of year, I always like to look back at the previous year and reflect on the people and the events that shaped me; giving thanks for what I have learned and reflecting on what I would like to … Continue reading >>

Our 5 Favorite Diabetes Medical Alert Jewelry

Our 5 Favorite Diabetes Medical Alert Jewelry

Today is the American Association’s Diabetes Alert Day and we thought we’d bring up one safety aspect related to life with diabetes. Do you wear a medical alert ID? If not, you’re certainly not alone but, you may want to take the time to consider picking one out today. First responders are trained to search your whole body for an ID of some sort. They are most commonly located on a necklace or bracelet so these are what they are most accustomed to finding. The Hope Paige website shares some very good reasons to wear a medical ID: A prompt and effective diagnosis that greatly assists proper treatment The ability to have a contact reached in an emergency The prevention of misdiagnosis which can lead to harmful medical errors or unnecessary treatment This is why the list of who should wear medical ID include those who live with a clotting disorder, take a blood thinner, live with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Kidney disease, high blood pressure, and even patients who have recently had surgery. People with diabetes, especially those on insulin are definitely recommended to wear an ID. Diabetes Forecast spoke to Sherita Golden, an endocrinologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She told them, “If you’re acutely ill and unable to communicate, emergency medical personnel will see the alert and know to check blood sugar and treat you for hypoglycemia immediately,” or “with significantly elevated blood sugar, medical providers can start administering insulin.” What information does the ID need to display? First, that you have diabetes. But most important is whether you are insulin dependent, Golden says. Don’t assume first responders will spot an insulin pump. On the ID, specify “insulin pump” to help them locate it and stop the Continue reading >>

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