More than 150 million emergency room (ER) visits occur in the U.S. each year. Roughly 35 million of these visits are related to recreational injuries, sports injuries, and accidents that occur during regular daily activities in or outside the home. For men, the ER visit rate is high at an unsettling 43 visits per 100 males. For these reasons alone, it is crucial for men to wear a medical ID. A medical ID such as a men’s ID bracelet can be there for you if you are in an accident and are unable to communicate with first responders.
If you have a medical emergency such as a fall, heart attack, or car accident, a medical ID, such as an engraved men’s bracelet, can help first responders identify who you are, your in case of emergency (ICE) contact, and any conditions or medications that are important to your care. Having this information on hand can help ER teams provide the fastest, safest, and most accurate care.
Fortunately, MedicAlert has a variety of men’s medical alert bracelets to suit every age, gender, and lifestyle.
Who should wear a medical ID?
Commuting accidents during the morning and evening rush hours are all too common, nearly two million work-related injuries occur each year, and millions of Americans are injured at home or during sports and recreational-related activities annually. An accident or other medical emergency can happen to anyone at any time. This is why Medical IDs are for everyone.
What are the best medical IDs for men?
MedicAlert medical IDs come in all shapes and sizes to suit a wide variety of lifestyles and occasions. The best medical IDs for men will depend on personal preference, the types of information you want to communicate to emergency response teams, and whether you prefer high-tech or no-tech at all. A MedicAlert medical ID can be made of popular materials for men such as rugged leather, athletic silicon, rust-proof stainless steel, durable nylon, brilliant gold, or gleaming silver. Whichever style fits into your life, MedicAlert has you covered.
The following are examples of some of the different types of medical IDs we offer:
Classic military-style dog tag necklace
Made with high-grade stainless steel, our waterproof, rust-proof men’s dog tag necklace features a sleek and sporty design. Made for everyday peace of mind, the front of this medical ID displays our globally recognized MedicAlert emblem. Custom engraving is on the opposite side. Considered the best men’s necklace for displaying vital identifying and medical information, this men’s dog chain is the most comfortable and easiest to wear. If you prefer to be discreet, this medical ID dog tag necklace is easy to conceal under everyday t-shirts, dress shirts, and activewear.
Gold and silver medical ID bracelets
MedicAlert has more than 150 bracelet styles to choose from. Some of the most popular styles are our gold and silver men’s bracelets. Our best gold bracelets for men are 10k or 14k gold and feature the globally-recognized MedicAlert emblem. The large emblem size allows extra room for engraving your vital identifying and medical information.
Our sterling silver men’s bracelets are plated with rhodium to resist scratching or tarnishing. The rhodium coating also makes this men’s medical alert bracelet suitable for those with skin sensitivities. Our super-sized, globally-recognized emblem provides extra room for engraving your vital medical and contact information.
Nylon and silicone medical ID bracelets
Nylon and silicon are among the most popular material options for men’s sports bracelets. Our durable nylon sport band medical ID bracelets for men are designed to withstand the vigor of an active lifestyle. The MedicAlert emblem is made of rust-proof stainless steel and the band is offered in three sizes. Designed to protect you every day, the globally recognized MedicAlert emblem is on the front and your custom engraving is on the opposite side.
Specifically designed for people who enjoy an active lifestyle, the silicon men’s sports bracelet is stylish and comfortable. The silicon band features our waterproof, stainless steel MedicAlert emblem. The Sport Silicone Medical ID Bracelet provides protection and peace of mind during all of your everyday activities and adventures.
Apple Watch ID
The MedicAlert medical ID for Apple Watch is made of rust-proof, stainless steel and fits securely on your existing silicon Apple Watch band. Designed for active people who love their smartwatches, the Apple Watch ID for men is available in silver tone or black to match your watchband and your unique style.
Smart ID card and ICE TAG stickers
Smart medical IDs and ICE TAG stickers utilize proven QR code technology for quick access to your emergency contact and personal health information—anytime, anywhere. A quick scan from a smart phone camera opens up your detailed health profile, including medical conditions, allergies, medications, vaccinations, and more. The QR code is always up to date with the latest information in your MedicAlert health profile. Smart ID cards and ICE TAG stickers can be placed in your wallet, inside your gym bag, on clothing, and more.
Fillable wallet card
Fillable wallet cards are a simple and convenient option for people who want to ensure that their vital medical information is with them at all times. Designed for wallets, purses, and pockets, the MedicAlert fillable wallet card is the size of most credit cards, which provides plenty of space for your most important medical details, ICE contact, and any other information that needs to be communicated to first responders.
MedicAlert shoe tags are perfect for superactive individuals who prefer not to wear jewelry or those who may be sensitive to metal. In addition to attaching to shoes, our shoe tag medical IDs can be looped on a watch band, backpack, laptop bag, or messenger bag. We also have laced-up shoe tags that can loop through the laces of any shoe or sneaker. Made of solid stainless steel, the internationally recognized MedicAlert emblem sits prominently on the front of our shoe tag IDs, with your custom engraving on the reverse side. Our shoe tags are durable, lightweight, and can be easily worn every day.
Seatbelt ID holders
The MedicAlert seatbelt ID holder easily attaches to your car seatbelt for high visibility and quick access by first responders. The bright red body and clear instruction “MEDICAL INFO INSIDE” are attention-grabbers during an emergency. A pocket on the reverse side holds an ID card or document. Made of heavy gauge polyester, our seatbelt ID holder attaches securely with an adjustable Velcro closure so it stays in place. The seatbelt ID holder can also be used on a backpack, gym bag, messenger bag, bike frame, and more.
Who should wear a medical ID?
Because an accident or injury can happen to anyone at any time, it is important to wear a medical ID, whether you have a condition or not. A medical ID can help first responders identify who you are and who to contact if you are in an accident and unable to communicate. Simply put, a medical ID can provide peace of mind as you go about your everyday activities, travel, play, and more.
While a medical ID should play a role in every person’s life, they are especially important for individuals living with a medical condition. A medical ID can:
- Help first responders and ER staff quickly access critical information about your medical condition and medications.
- Lessen the chance of medical errors in an emergency.
- Play a vital role in care plans if you are a caregiver to a loved one.
- Provide wandering support.
Whether you are living with a condition or want peace of mind, MedicAlert can be your voice if you are in an accident or have another medical emergency.
What conditions require a medical ID?
Medical IDs are for everyone, but they are especially beneficial for someone living with any type of medical condition. The following are some common physical and mental health conditions that require a medical ID and why.
Chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lupus, arthritis, stroke, diabetes, and bleeding disorders such as hemophilia require special medications, and even injections such as insulin, which can have severe interactions with other drugs and substances. A medical ID lets first responders know that certain drugs should be avoided, ensuring accurate and safe treatment in an accident or other medical emergency. In the case of bleeding disorders, even the smallest cut or bruise can cause severe bleeding. Having this information available to first responders and ER teams can help avoid serious injuries during your handling, treatment, and care.
Allergies to foods, medications and other substances can cause a mild, moderate, or severe reaction. In some cases, a reaction can be fatal. For example, anaphylaxis can occur when a person who is allergic to latex comes in contact with it. Anaphylaxis can cause breathing difficulties, loss of consciousness, and even death. A MedicAlert medical ID will list all of your allergies if you use an auto-injectable device such as an EpiPen for severe reactions, and any other information important to your care.
Neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), may require specific medications, treatments, mental health support, and/or assistive devices. A MedicAlert medical ID can provide access to this detailed information regarding your condition and care, which can help first responders and ER doctors avoid medical mistakes, ensuring the safest and most accurate care.
In the case of people living with Alzheimer’s or dementia, a MedicAlert medical ID can provide wandering support, which helps first responders locate a person who may be lost and confused, it can help identify a person who might be found wandering, and it can help reconnect families with their loved one who has wandered off from their home or another safe environment.
How do you order a MedicAlert ID?
A MedicAlert medical ID can be a bracelet, necklace, wallet card, sticker, shoe tag, Apple Watch ID, seatbelt holder, or smart medical ID card. The front of a MedicAlert ID features our emblem, which is recognized by first responders around the world. A variety of MedicAlert medical IDs are available to match your own personal style and comfort level. Our bracelets, necklaces, and other medical IDs can protect you 24/7 by relaying your vital medical information to healthcare professionals, ensuring fast and accurate treatment during an emergency. Visit MedicAlert IDs to select a medical ID that’s right for you.
What should you engrave on a MedicAlert ID?
MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our medical ID products. The engraving on your medical ID should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have another medical emergency, including:
- Conditions and Medications.
- Emergency contact and designated physician information.
- Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders.
Medical IDs are for everyone and they don’t just benefit the person wearing it. Medical IDs are also beneficial to the family of the loved one.
Sources:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Emergency Department Visits; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Injury Prevention & Control-Global Road Safety; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-National Center for Health Statistics; Johns Hopkins Medicine.