Medical Alert bracelets

I have been considering a medical alert bracelet for a while but haven’t seen one that I would actually WANT to wear till I stumbled upon the lovely Twisted Typist website and found this one.

medical alert bracelet for ibd jpouch

Medical Alert ID bracelets or necklaces are used for quick recognition of your medical conditions, allergies, medications, or treatment wishes leading to faster and more effective medical treatment.  Medical personnel are trained to first look for medical identification jewelry in an emergency and will immediately alert emergency medical professionals to your critical health and personal information.

It is questionable as to whether they are necessary for people with Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns unless you are on specific medication or have had surgeries.  It is a personal decision that can only be made by the person themselves.  Though it is recommended to wear a bracelet to alert caregivers that you have had colectomy and pouch procedures.

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I am still in two minds as to whether it is necessary but then I think about a scenario where I have an accident and am unconscious and alone, a medical alert bracelet would make sure the people who are in charge of my care know everything possible in order to avoid giving any medications or performing any dangerous procedures or operations.In the end I suppose it is up to you, if you are concerned have a chat with your doctor and see what their thoughts are.

I also saw this cute aluminium band that can be personalised with any writing you want and so could be used as alert jewellery.  If like me you have never seen any you like then do take the time to have good search, don’t limit yourself to the official ones, easy is fantastic for getting in touch with artists all over the world who make beautiful bespoke jewellery.

medical alert jewellery pouch ostomy ibd

 

Let me know what you think and post any recommendations in the comments!

 

Love Sam xx

11 replies
  1. lifespaller
    lifespaller says:

    Yes, that’s a great design!

    I’ve chosen to wear one of the ugly ones. This is just in case I’m in a situation where I can’t advocate for myself. I hope it will give people a start point to chase down my background.

    I’ve seen it used even when I have been alert. At A&E a doctor checked it. I called out an ambulance once to home, and they checked it – even though it was sitting next to my keys near the door. These guys make great detectives.

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  2. lifespaller
    lifespaller says:

    Yes, that’s a great design!

    I’ve chosen to wear one of the ugly ones. This is just in case I’m in a situation where I can’t advocate for myself. I hope it will give people a start point to chase down my background.

    I’ve seen it used even when I have been alert. At A&E a doctor checked it. I called out an ambulance once to home, and they checked it – even though it was sitting next to my keys near the door. These guys make great detectives.

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  3. Natalie
    Natalie says:

    I’ve just ordered one of the above bracelets. Including postage it cost £49.95
    I’ve added my hospital number on their too along with Crohns Disease, immunosuppressants. Humira
    This is my Birthday pressie to myself.
    Thanks Sam
    Hope to see you again soon at ccuk meetings xx

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  4. Natalie
    Natalie says:

    I’ve just ordered one of the above bracelets. Including postage it cost £49.95
    I’ve added my hospital number on their too along with Crohns Disease, immunosuppressants. Humira
    This is my Birthday pressie to myself.
    Thanks Sam
    Hope to see you again soon at ccuk meetings xx

    Reply
  5. DJ
    DJ says:

    I have UC and as a volunteer first responder I’d like to add that any medical bracelet needs to be easily recognized as one. When we respond to an accident a bracelet that looks like its just some catchy phrase or we need a microscope to read because its so tiny is gonna be easily overlooked. I have a bracelet that my parents had made for me out of plastic. Also being an electrician having dangling metal bits on me are a hazard. Its red (i hate red), has a medical symbol on the front, and my info on the back.

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