In the event of a medical emergency or an accident, identification emblems can provide essential information about hidden medical conditions.
A number of companies provide internationally-recognised identification emblems and medical alert jewellery. Some companies also provide secure storage of your condition and medication so that it can be accessed by healthcare personnel in the event of an emergency.
Patients on hydrocortisone replacement should also carry a Blue Steroid Card (available from your GP or pharmacy).
As the original and most recognised medical ID
service provider in the UK, MedicAlert UK is the only charity keeping people with medical conditions safe in emergencies. Their custom-made medical ID jewellery is engraved with your most vital medical information to aid initial care decision, whilst your full medical record is available via their 24/7 emergency line if required.
Trusted since 1964, MedicAlert is unique in providing:
- Registered nurse checks of your record when it is set up or amended, to ensure it is medically sound for use in an emergency.
- An advocacy function, allowing you to nominate one or more people to help maintain your record and speak on your behalf.
- Wallet cards, with more information than the engraved medical ID jewellery for use in appointments.
- Document storage, including clinical reports or other medical documentation.
- Emergency support around the world; the 24/7 line has a translation service available in over 100 languages and dialects
Membership costs less that 9p per day (£32 per year) and ensures that first responders are able to treat you accurately and quickly in the case of an emergency.
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If you take hydrocortisone, the following text is generally acceptable to be used on your MedicAlert jewellery: “STEROID DEPENDENT REQUIRES HYDROCORTISONE” . We do advise that individual patients should discuss this with their own endocrinologist, as you may also need details of any other deficiencies or problems.
Medi-Tag provides personalised lifesaving medical ID pendants, bracelets, watches and wristbands with optional membership to an International 24-hour Emergency Telephone Service operated by the NHS Trust. In addition to information engraved on your Medi-Tag jewellery, membership lets you store extra personal and medical details on a secure online Medi-Tag ICE Register, and it is now possible for members to edit their own information instantly.
The Medi-Tag jewellery is recognised worldwide by the international medical symbol. In the event of a medical emergency or an accident, the Medi-Tag can provide vital information to medical professionals, thereby assisting diagnosis, speeding up treatment and helping to save lives. The range is suitable for people of all ages and has been specially designed for people with hidden medical conditions. Prices start at £45.00, which includes free engraving with your important information and free 1st year of membership if you want to subscribe to the International 24-hour emergency telephone service. The annual membership subscription is just £20.00 after your free 1st year. Orders can be made online or through a mail-order brochure. For more information, telephone 0121 200 1616 or visit their website www.medi-tag.co.uk
Message in a Bottle
Emergency medical info stored in a special marked 'bottle' kept in your refrigerator. Available from Lions Club, pharmacies, GP surgeries, Age Concern, some council offices, police stations and some Neighbourhood Watch & housing associations. Website
Press Don't Panic
The Press Don't Panic® audio button is one of the most advanced forms of medical ID available on the market. It is a small, highly visible, clearly medical, audio device which communicates vital information in a medical emergency - at the press of a button.
The device allows the wearer to record a personal message containing emergency procedure and/or essential medical information, in any language. This can then be played back whenever the wearer requires assistance. Playback can be initiated by the wearer or by those offering assistance.
For more information, telephone 01721 730 311 or visit their website at www.pressdontpanic.com
The SOS Talisman provides vital information about the wearer in case of an accident of illness. Information, such as medical conditions and prescribed medication, blood group and who to contact in an emergency, is detailed on an information strip of non-soluble paper that is securely contained in the SOS Talisman capsule. The information is available for on-the-spot identification.
The information strip headings are in six different languages and the SOS Talisman symbol is recognised by emergency staff, both in the UK and abroad. The SOS Talisman capsule is water-tight and heat resistant so the information is protected at all times.
For more information visit www.medical-bracelets.co.uk
Universal Medical ID (UK)
Universal Medical ID features custom-engraved medical indentification bracelets and necklaces. Information about medical conditions, drug and food allergies, prescribed medication and emergency contacts can be engraved onto your chosen identification jewellery item.
Starting from £19.95, jewellery is available in stainless steel, silver, gold and titanium. There is no annual membership required.
For further information, telephone 0800 055 6504 or visit their website www.universalmedicalid.co.uk
UTAG utilises the latest USB electronic data storage, in a style that is highly visible. It clearly displays the international medical symbol (the snake and staff) and the letters "ICE" (an acronym for "In Case of Emergency" recognised by Emergency Services). Options include dogtags, sports bracelets and a credit card-sized emergency card, prices start from £24.99.
But UTAG is for more than just medical emergencies. The addition of a "private folder" means that the wearer of the UTAG now has the ability to carry vital documents such as passport, driving licence, insurance etc in a secure way. It utilises encryption technology that means any files saved can only be accessed using the owner's own personally chosen password.
When travelling abroad, the UTAG wearer can have the comfort of having any emergency information available in any of seven European languages and hold secure copies of essential documentation. For more information visit their website UTAG
Medical bags, containers, personal ID and translation cards for those needing to carry prescribed medications. Yellow Cross