Frequently Asked Questions

Who should wear a Medical ID?

Anyone with any type of allergy or medical condition or anyone on any special medication that you would want emergency responders and first responders to know in the event of an emergency that would not allow you to speak for yourself. Critical information displayed on your ID can help emergency responders make quicker decisions in life saving procedures and could save your life. Even if you don't have a medical condition but you or a loved one participates in a sports activity we think it is essential that you have vital information about yourself and emergency contact information on hand in the event an emergency situation occurs. Remember our ID speaks for you when you are unable to and could save your life.

Do first responders look for a medical ID?

A recent survey of medical professionals including paramedics and EMT's found that nearly 100% of first responders in medical emergencies look for a medical ID bracelet first and then a tag or pendant. Nearly 3/4 of the emergency room respondents said that during assessment they look for or ask first responders if the person has any form of medical ID on their person. We offer both pendants and bracelets but we feel that bracelets are much more visible and more likely to be seen when first responders are screening a patients vitals such as pulse and blood pressure.

Do you sell a sports ID or a Medical ID?

Both actually. Some wearers have a medical condition or take specific medicines that make it absolutely necessary for them to wear a medical ID and their wearable would be used for the purpose of informing first responders of their condition and medications used as well as providing contact information to notify loved ones. Some wearers that are perfectly healthy and have no medical conditions but are involved in sports activities where conditions exist that they could find themselves incapacitated and they choose to use our ID as a means of allowing emergency responders a quick way to notify loved ones. Some wearers have mild medical conditions or allergies and are involved in sport activities and want that extra peace of mind that wearing a medical ID offers as well as the ability for first responders to notify loved ones quickly. Some of our ID bracelets like the Silicon Sport ID are offered with or without a medical symbol and cover all types of users depending on how the product is selected at the time of purchase. Some of our bracelets like the Nylon Sport ID has the medical symbol permanently attached to the band but still wears nicely for all purposes of identification and receives great reviews. People tell us that all of our bracelets look great and wear well and that they feel safer wearing them. We designed it that way because we know if you don't like something you wont wear it.

What makes Active Medical ID wearables a better choice?

All of our wearables are designed with comfort and functionality of the wearer in mind. Remember those clunky Medical Id bracelets with heavy chains and tags that flopped all over the place with every movement that you made? Those old style bracelets rarely got worn and ended up in a drawer somewhere unable to do the job they were designed to do. Our Silicon ID bracelets are light and can be custom fit by the wearer to his or her liking. Our silicon is a special blend that adjusts to the wearers body temperature and is so light in weight that you will forget that you are wearing it. Our Nylon Sport ID was designed for athletes performing the most demanding sports activities and is the perfect choice for triathletes, runners, kayakers. etc. While all of our offerings are light in weight they are heavy in strength and durability just like you. All of our plates are made from stainless steel for resistance from the elements and are engraved by the latest technology laser equipment to ensure readability.

Why don't you offer internet based or QR code bracelets and tags?

We here at Active Medical ID believe in the principal of not complicating things. Emergency responders need to act quickly in a life saving operation and won't waste valuable time looking your information up by logging onto a website and entering your pin number or scanning a QR code on their cell phones. That process takes to long and may end up being a waste of time. What responders need is the most important information and as quickly as possible and that is what our wearables provide. While QR codes and internet tracking are fine for tracking delivery parcels they just don't cut it in a quick paced emergency environment.

What information should I put on my Medical ID?

Obviously you should start with your name and if you feel it is important to add your year of birth then it could be added. Some wearers include their year of birth after their name and some add it as a separate line. Allergies and medical conditions such as but not limited to allergies to nuts or diabetes as a medical condition. Allergic reactions to certain drugs or persons that are taking medications that would have an adverse reaction to another drug being administered should display that on their ID to lessen the chance of an adverse drug interaction. People with epilepsy and similar conditions already know the importance of having their medical condition recognized. Anyone that carries an Epi-Pen should have the ability to inform first responders that they carry on their person. People with a pacemaker or organ donor transplants should always have their medical information available to first responders. Emergency contacts whether it be your spouse, adult children, or best friend can be of help and are often included as emergency contacts. You could add your physician or heath care provider as a contact. On the last line some wearers like to add a positive or motivational phrase. Each wearer's situation is different and unique and each wearer should tailor their ID to their needs. If you are unsure as to what you should add to your medical ID contact your health care providers and have them help you with the most appropriate information to display.

I don't have a medical condition. Do I still need an ID?

Even if you don't have a medical condition but you participate in a performance sport or activity then you should wear some form of our ID so that in the event of an accident or unfortunate health emergency you can be identified and love ones can be informed. Cyclists whether training or pleasure riding always run the risk of contact while sharing the road with motorists as do runners. If you were to be in the unfortunate circumstance to be involved in a collision with a motor vehicle while training your loved ones could be notified much quicker when wearing our ID. Parents can purchase our ID wearables for their children for use in situations involving large crowds. In the event of a separation, responders would have your cell number available and reunite you and your child much quicker. The beach is a perfect environment to ID your kids to help responders facilitate a reunion in the event of a separation or contact you should your child finds himself in an emergency situation while swimming.

Are your products indestructible?

Nothing is indestructible but our wearables are built to withstand the most demanding environments. Our tags and plates are all made from stainless steel to hold up to the harshest conditions that you can throw at them and the laser engraving is deep below the surface and wont wear off while being used for the intended purpose. Our silicon and nylon bands are waterproof and designed to withstand your sports activities. Our products however are not recommended for swimming pools because the chlorine will bleach the bands and have not been tested for long term use in these environments. But swimming in fresh water and the ocean are fine. Just rinse the bracelets off in clean water after using in salt water. Showering is not a problem with the silicon and nylon. Our slim line is perfect for elderly and residents in nursing homes since they can be worn 24-7. Should a band or any other component wear or show its age from extended use you can always purchase a replacement from our site in the replacement section.

What size should I order?

Our silicone bands are designed to be adjusted to the proper fit for you and by you. Just follow the instructions included with every purchase to simply fit your bracelet to your liking. Our Nylon Sport ID bracelet has size ranges listed for small, medium, and large. Using a seamstress's tape measure your wrist at the location you would wear the bracelet or use a piece of string that you can transfer the marked length to a ruler. Then compare that length to the sizing guide on the product page to determine the best size for you. For those people whose measurements fall at the top range of a size it is recommended to move up to the next available size.

Should I tell my doctor about my choice to wear a medical bracelet?

Absolutely. Ask your doctor what he would recommend for your medical ID tag or bracelet wording. Once you purchase one of our medical ID wearables we recommend that you show your doctor or health care provider your new ID for their opinion and verification. It is always a good idea to wear your ID to any doctor visit that you have in case something changes with your medical condition or medication requiring an ID update. Your doctor may recommend a change to your medications and his awareness of you wearing a medical ID is critical to avoid conflicts. Should you change medications and require a new tag replacement contact us right away so we can produce your new tag for you as quickly as possible at a nominal replacement fee. You can even return your ID bracelet and we will remove your old plate and install your new plate for you.

Can I order an ID for a family member or friend?

Of course you can but we absolutely recommend that you discuss this with the person that you are buying this for because a medical ID is too important and the information needs to be 100% accurate. So discuss it with the intended wearer and let them get the information that they and their health care providers deem necessary for their ID wearable before ordering. While they wont be surprised when you give it to them we guarantee they will be pleased and think of you every time they wear it.

How do I measure my wrist for bracelet sizing?

Use a soft tape such as a seamstress’s tape to measure your wrist at the location where you are going to wear your ID bracelet. Measure between the wrist bone and your hand or if you prefer to wear your bracelet high then measure just above the wrist bone. If you do not have a soft tape then cut a piece of string or yarn approximately 12 inches long. Wrap the string around your wrist between the wrist bone and your hand. Mark the string where it overlaps the end on your wrist. Transfer the string to a ruler and measure the string from the end to the overlap mark. This is your wrist size.

Measuring Wrist for size

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