Engraving ID Medical Abbreviations

What should I engrave on my Medical ID? 

If you’re in an accident or have a medical emergency, it’s imperative that your MedicAlert ID is engraved with your most critical medical information. First responders are trained to look for medical IDs. Therefore, your medical ID engraving should reflect the vital information that will help you get fast and accurate care in an emergency.

Deciding on what information to engrave can be challenging – especially if you if have more than one  medical condition, allergy, or medication. The American College of Emergency Physicians advises that you engrave in the following order:

  • Allergies – but only those likely to cause anaphylaxis or severe reaction
  • Medications – any that will affect how you are treated in an emergency, such as blood thinners or immunosuppressants
  • Medical Conditions – your primary condition(s) – heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, dementia
  • Implanted Medical Devices – including pacemaker, ICD, LVAD, GCM
  • Other special instructions – i.e. no MRI, carries EPIPEN

Remember that only the most critical information goes on your ID. The rest of your medical history – including your current medications, past surgeries, vaccinations and more – are stored in your MedicAlert health profile and will be communicated to first responders by our 24/7 emergency support team.

If you are unsure what to engrave, talk to your physician. And our Member Care team is available Monday – Friday from 6am – 4:30 PM ET to help – call us on 800.432.5378.

How do I select the right ID for engraving?  

Selecting the right medical ID is important. MedicAlert emblems  ary in different shapes and sizes, some hold more information than others. Make sure the ID that you select can hold the information that you need to relay to first responders. We encourage you to enter, test and preview your desired custom engraving before your purchase an ID. MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all IDsShop our IDs here.  

What Is a Medical Abbreviation? 

When engraving your MedicAlert ID, it’s extremely important that you maximize the space on the emblem to communicate your most vital medical information. It’s equally important to use the most common abbreviations used in the medical community. For instance, the condition ‘High Blood Pressure’ — also known as Hypertension — is very long and would take up a lot of space on an ID if you need to include other information. Using the medical abbreviation of “HBP” or “HTN” will communicate to emergency personnel, doctors, nurses and clinicians that you have high blood pressure.  

Do first responders understand medical abbreviations? 

Yes, first responders, doctors, nurses, other clinicians, and emergency response professionals are trained to look for medical IDs and to understand the abbreviations that are engraved on the IDs.  

What are common medical abbreviations for medical alert bracelets?  

At MedicAlert we are continually adding new medical abbreviations to our vast database. Our medical response team collaborates with partners in the medical community to understand, compile and diligently maintain a list of the most frequently used and recognized abbreviations. We want to ensure that our members appropriately use the space on their IDs – but more importantly, maximize the effectiveness of their engraving.  We recommend engraving  as few abbreviations as possible to avoid confusion or misunderstanding.

Here are some commonly used medical abbreviations: 

Abdominal Aortic AneurysmAAA
Acquired Immune Deficiency SyndromeAIDS
Aortic Valve ReplacementAVR
As NeededPRN
Attention Deficit DisorderADD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity DisorderADHD
Autologous Bone Marrow TransplantABMT
Atrial FibrillationA-Fib
Bilevel Positive Airway PressureBIPAP
Blood PressureBP
Bone Marrow TransplantBMT
Cerebrovascular AccidentCVA
Cervical SpineC-Spine
Chronic Kidney DiseaseCKD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseCOPD
Chronic Traumatic EncephalopathyCTE
Congenital Adrenal HyperplasiaCAH
Congestive Heart FailureCHF
Coronary Artery DiseaseCAD
Coronary Artery Bypass GraftCABG
Continuous Glucose Monitoring SensorCGMS
Deep Vein ThrombosisDVT
Diabetes MellitusDM
Diabetic KetoacidosisDKA
Do Not ResuscitateDNR
Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)EPIPEN
Erythromycin EthylsuccinateEES
Fibromyalgia SyndromeFMS
Gastroesophageal Reflux DiseaseGERD
Gastrostomy TubeG-Tube
Generalized Anxiety DisorderGAD
High Blood PressureHBP
History ofHX
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic PurpuraITP
Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic StenosisIHSS
Implanted Cardioverter DefibrillatorICD
In Case of EmergencyICE
Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseIBD
Insulin Dependent Diabetes MellitusIDDM
Intravenous Immune GlobulinIVIG
Irritable Bowel SyndromeIBS
Jejunostomy TubeJ-Tube
Klippel-Trenaunay SyndromeKTS
Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber SyndromeKTW
Left Bundle Branch BlockLBBB
Malignant Hyperthermia SusceptibleMH Susceptible
Mitral Valve ProlapseMVP
Multiple Chemical SensitivitiesMCS
Multiple SclerosisMS
Myocardial InfarctionMI
Muscular DystrophyMD
Nasogastric Feeding TubeNG
No Known AllergiesNKA
No Known Drug AllergiesNKDA
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory DrugsNSAIDs
Nothing by MouthNPO
Parkinson’s DiseasePD
Peripheral Vascular DiseasePVD
Post Traumatic Stress DisorderPTSD
Pulmonary EmbolismPE
Rheumatoid ArthritisRA
Right Bundle Branch BlockRBBB
Subacute Bacterial EndocarditisSBE
Supraventricular TachycardiaSVT
Systemic Lupus ErythematosusSLE
Temporomandibular Joint SyndromeTMJ
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis VaccineTDaP
Transcatheter Aortic Valve ReplacementTAVR
Transplant or TreatmentTX
Transurethral Resection of ProstateTURP
Traumatic Brain InjuryTBI
Ventricular FibrillationV-FIB
Ventricular TachycardiaV-TACH
Ventriculoperitoneal ShuntVP Shunt
Von Willebrand’s DiseaseVWD

Blood Thinners / Anticoagulants
Apixaban (Eliquis)
Dabigatran (Pradaxa)
Edoxaban (Savaysa)
Rivaroxaban (Xarelto)
Immune System Suppressors Immunosuppressants
Calcineurin Inhibitors: Tacrolimus and Cyclosporine
Antiproliferative agents: Mycophenolate Mofetil, Mycophenolate Sodium and Azathioprine
mTOR inhibitor: Sirolimus, Torisel
Steroids: Prednisone,
Bethamethasone (Celestone)
Prednisone (Prednisone Intensol)
Prednisolone (Orapred, Prelone)
Triamcinolone (Aristospan Intra-Articular, Aristospan Intralesional, Kenalog)
Methylprednisolone((Medrol, Depo-Medrol, Solu-Medrol)
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