medical IDs for kidney disease

Medical IDs for Kidney Disease

The confidence to live with kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a progressive condition that eventually leads to kidney failure. People with chronic kidney disease may need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay healthy.

Those living with a chronic kidney condition may not think they need a medical bracelet, especially if they are successfully managing it. However, in an emergency, first responders and emergency care professionals will need to know how to care for you – so that you receive the best possible care, at the moment you need it.

That’s why medical IDs for kidney disease are so helpful for those living with chronic renal conditions.

How MedicAlert protects those who are living with kidney disease

One thing you shouldn’t worry about is what could happen if there’s an emergency. MedicAlert’s protection plans offer benefits that extend beyond the ID, providing safety and peace of mind for people living with kidney disease.

24/7 Emergency Response

Our team provides first responders the information they need to provide fast, accurate care.

Digital Health Profile

All your vital information, all in one place for you and your caregiver.

Emergency Contact Notification

In an emergency, we connect families so that no one is alone in a crisis.

Patient Instructions

Share the information that’s important to your care, such as use of rescue medications or contraindication for tests like MRIs.

Pair a medical ID for kidney disease with the protection plan that’s right for you.

What is kidney disease?

The kidneys play a crucial role in the body – they filter the blood, keeping some compounds while removing others, control the production of red blood cells, make vitamins that control growth, release hormones that help regulate blood pressure, help regulate blood pressure, red blood cells, and the amount of certain nutrients in the body, such as calcium and potassium. The kidneys also remove waste and excess fluid from the body.

Source: National Kidney Foundation

Chronic kidney disease, also known as chronic renal failure, is a progressive condition that eventually leads to kidney failure. People with chronic kidney disease may need dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay healthy.  

Medical-alert accessories, typically a bracelet, serve to transmit critical information about CKD to a health care provider, especially when the wearer is not able to reliably communicate.

National Institutes of Health

Symptoms of kidney disease

Many chronic kidney disease symptoms are difficult to notice until they become severe, as there may be many possible causes. Symptoms like fatigue and difficulty sleeping or concentrating can be attributed to many other issues in everyday life.  

However, other symptoms, like frequent urination at night, swollen feet or ankles, puffy eyes, and dry skin that feels scaly are more unusual and sometimes cause people to search for solutions. Once kidney disease is suspected, a doctor can perform kidney function tests, which may involve blood and urine tests, imaging, and/or a biopsy.  

You’ll likely see a few different medical abbreviations used to discuss kidney disease during the diagnostic process. Some of the most common include:  

  • CKD: medical abbreviation meaning chronic kidney disease.  
  • ESRD: medical abbreviation meaning end-stage renal disease. This describes kidney disease that has progressed to kidney failure.
  • GN: medical abbreviation for glomerulonephritis, a kidney issue that usually resolves on its own. 
  • PKD: medical abbreviation meaning polycystic kidney disease. This is a genetic condition that can lead to kidney failure.   
  • DKD: medical abbreviation for diabetic kidney disease.

What to engrave on your MedicAlert medical ID for kidney disease:

MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our kidney disease bracelets and other medical ID products. The engraving on your medical ID for kidney disease should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, for example:

  • Allergies
  • CKD or Kidney disease 
  • Other medical conditions
  • Medications you’re currently taking
  • Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders
medical IDs for kidney disease

Sample engraving. Consult our team if you need help engraving your medical ID for kidney disease.

Treatments for kidney disease

Unfortunately, there is no cure for chronic kidney disease. However, medications may be prescribed to help manage symptoms like excessive swelling from fluid buildup. High blood pressure medication might also be prescribed.  

Once kidney disease progresses, dialysis (artificial filtration of the blood) is typically necessary. Ideally, those with end-stage renal disease will receive a kidney transplant. Only one kidney is necessary for the body’s normal functions, so live donation is an option.  

As with any medical condition, you should consult your doctor for specific instructions on managing your condition.

Post-surgery kidney transplant bracelet

Whether your kidney disease has not yet progressed or you’re on dialysis and hoping for a transplant, you would benefit from a medical ID bracelet now and even after a kidney transplant.

After you get a kidney transplant, wearing a medical ID bracelet is very important. With any organ transplant, you’ll likely be on anti-rejection medications, which can suppress your immune system. It’s always important for emergency professionals to know your transplant status, the medications you’re taking and your complete medical history. A kidney transplant medical bracelet is the perfect tool to keep you protected after your surgery.  

How medical IDs for kidney disease combined with MedicAlert  Membership provide protection

Those living with a chronic kidney condition may not think they need a medical bracelet, especially if they are successfully managing it. However, in an emergency, first responders and emergency care professionals will need to know how to care for you – so that you receive the best possible care, at the moment you need it.

  • We’re your voice:  If you can’t speak for yourself due to an accident or other medical emergency, your ID will speak for you – informing others about your kidney disease and any medications you’re taking.

  • 24/7 emergency protection:  In an emergency, the MedicAlert team will relay all of your critical medical information to first responders, no matter where or when your emergency happens.

  • Always connected:  You should never be alone in an emergency. That’s why MedicAlert will reach out to your designated contacts if you are unable to do so.

  • Live with peace of mind and confidence:  MedicAlert will be there for you every step of the way. You’ll have the confidence and freedom to live your life with kidney disease, knowing we’ve got you covered. 
DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. The information in this article is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider for any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.