Have Med ID jewlery/sports band? Please read!

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 5:23am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I found out something surprising recently and can not get it off my mind.

We invited our new neighbors to dinner last weekend. The husband is a paramedic for our local FD. He noticed the tiny Medic Alert bracelet on my son (yeah!!!) and the conversation changed immediately to his work and experience with medical condition ID's.

What he said really worried me. Yes, they do look for medical ID bracelets, when someone can not communicate. But, he said, and this is the scary part, they sometimes miss ID's that look too much like regular jewelry, that they have missed the ones that look like watch bands, and he can't remember the last time he checked for a necklace. Now this is coming from an experienced guy who has witnessed more tragedies than I want to even contemplate. And he is competent and thorough.

I mentioned the new sports bands. He had never heard of them, and wanted to know what to look for. I just made a copy from the medic alert website and took it over to the FD myself, so that they can be familiar with it. It's going on the bulletin board.

He said that they look for the basic bracelet. That's what they know. That's what we have. And he noticed it right away.

So, please know this.

Please talk to your local emergency responders. Get your own comfort level with the situation. Educate if necessary. Help is always welcomed.

If you have a new sports band, please let them know what they look like. They're great people, but they are not in the fashion business, they're in the help business. And you can help them help you or a loved one.

I do not mean any of this as a competency slam against any of our emergency responders. They are all fantastic people, and they're human like the rest of us.
And I hope I'm not writing this in a preachy manner. I simply just want to help. Any way I can.

Neil's Mom

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 5:44am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Neil's Mom,
I have the reg.medic alert bracelet and everyone does recognize it. I do believe they would be the best one to have as they are the most comfortable.
Thanks for sharing this because I do have a sports one(doesn't fit yet)that I probably will never use because what you said is honest info. and I would rather him continue using one that is the most recognizable.
Defeats the purpose if they mistake it for a watch or reg. bracelet.
Paramedics are busy enough than having to keep up too date on current line of medic alert jewerly available.
Anyway, Thanks for sharing this it was great of you!

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 6:03am
California Mom's picture
Joined: 07/14/2000 - 09:00

I appreciate the information, also, and I don't think anything you said came across in a negative way at all. My daughter has a bracelet with a heart shaped charm with a very visable "medic alert" symbol on it. We ordered it from Miss Brooke's. It is very visible and we have actually been asked about it by doctors (in a social setting), so I figured it was doing its job. Just yesterday my daughter (age 7) told me that a lot of times she keeps the charm turned over so that it just looks like a regular bracelet. I was thinking "well, I'm sure the medical people would still notice it, if need be". Now I'm not so sure. Thanks for keeping us informed and on our toes! Miriam

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 7:00am
JessicasMom's picture
Joined: 10/09/2002 - 09:00

I considered getting shoe charms and when I asked my friend who is an EMS worker he said they would never think of looking at a kids shoes.
We went with the regular medic alert bracelet. But we did consider the sports band - but she's not big enough for it.
For her it's to remind family and friends. Because of her age she'd never be alone and any jewelry is noticable (she's 1). I also got it because if she's with a babysitter or family medic alert has our cell phone numbers - I don't think my in-laws would remember to take our phone number with them to the hospital (God forbid)
Any way, my friend said the same thing - they don't always see a necklace. And he strongly recommended against things that look too normal.

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 7:11am
AJSMAMA's picture
Joined: 06/12/2002 - 09:00

People ask me all the time what my son's medical problem is (strangers I mean...) just because they see the bracelet. He has the zoo animal print sport band. If my son was ever alone and unconscious, there is no doubt in my mind that when they went to start an IV in the squad that the shiny metal medic alert tag on his wrist would catch their eye immediately.

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 7:14am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Unfortunately, I have heard this as well. I have two very close friends in the medical field - one in rescue, the other in ER. They said they (meaning the medical community) hardly ever check for the medic alert type products.
Sad, I know.

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 9:58am
solarflare's picture
Joined: 02/07/2002 - 09:00

DH's cousin is a fairly recently trained EMT, currently training for Paramedic. She said she checks for medic alert jewelry, specifically anything with a symbol, wrists first. I asked her about it just after I got Jason's sports band.
Cheryl, mom to Jason (5) and Joey (3)

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 10:50am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Frankly, I'm quite shocked. Medic Alert and its costly membership should be on top of this. It is NOT up to *us* to educate EMTs about the type of jewelry which denotes a life-threatening condition - that's why we pay Medic Alert the big bucks, folks. EMTs and Medic Alert need to get it together. Sports bands are very popular, so are necklaces, and they're fully endorsed by Medic Alert - they're not "look-alike" jewelry.
I figure maybe Medic Alert can use some of my $100 membership money and the yearly donations I make to pass a memo on to the EMT about the sports bands, necklaces and other health-related jewelry? I'm really steamed about this.
[This message has been edited by Cayley's Mom (edited October 25, 2002).]

Posted on: Fri, 10/25/2002 - 11:42am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Cayley's Mom,
I agree with you 100% !!!!
I guess I just supposed that the Medic Alert folks were more in communication with emergency providers(ie. the new sports band,) and was rudely awakened to the fact that they are not. Maybe they sent something out like a press release? Maybe they didn't? Who knows, it would be interesting to find out.
I felt awkward going into the FD with the sports band info, we don't have one and I'm not ready to plan that far ahead yet, toddler only 21 months, so velcro is out of the question for now.
My neighbor asked me to bring in info, so that he could pass it along to the crew and know himself.
Maybe I should request a discount from Medic alert for services rendered?
Neil's Mom

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 2:19pm
Dawn's picture
Joined: 02/22/1999 - 09:00

I'm raising this thread because I need to get a new MedicAlert for my pa son and I am considering getting one for my other son, who has asthma. The sports band failed miserably for us. I'd like to get the standard issue bracelets, but my boys are actually interested in the necklaces! I'm wondering if anyone's children wear the MedicAlert necklaces? Does anyone wear them for asthma only? In light of the above information (emt's not looking for necklaces) do you think it's better to have a necklace than fight to get them to wear a bracelet, which they may end up not wearing at all?
Be safe,

Posted on: Sun, 01/26/2003 - 11:06pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I just read this today, *after* joining and ordering my dd's first bracelet. I got her the animals sport band, so she would want to wear it, and I did consider the possibility of mistaken identity. The woman on the phone said the emblem is right there and easy to notice. Now I have doubts. Mostly, I like the idea of something there all the time for all to see, so they remember about her allergy(in addititon to the obvious intent of it being there for EMS).
I am with Cayley's Mom and as I read was just thinking exactly the same thing! Medic alert should regularly update all EMS service with a formal release of updated styles of medic alert jewelry to be on alert to notice! I am emailing them today. becca


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