Medical ID bracelet, should I get one?


Identifying your medical conditions, when you are unable to verbally communicate them, can be the difference between life and death. Medical ID jewelry and cards have been around for a long time, but some patients overlook this asset. Housing your medical data can be as simple as having a card in your wallet or involve a piece of custom jewelry. Either option you choose can have a great benefit if you have been or are susceptible to severe medical events. Notifications such as “I am diabetic”, “I am allergic to ___”, “I have chronic Kidney disease”, “I take special medication”, or “I have had a transplant”, are examples of medical identifiers that can aide in your care when needed. Iowa Kidney Physicians supports your decision on possessing a form of medical identification and we are happy to help you with the wording. While we do not offer these devices in house, we have posted links below that can get you started.