Do you have diabetes and wear a medical ID?
Why Wear a Medical ID?
Every person with diabetes – at the very minimum, those on insulin or other diabetes medications – could be in dire straights if something unforeseen happens, while not wearing a medical ID. It’s an insurance of sorts. We all buy insurance, never thinking that something bad will happen. This is no different. It’s a just-in-case measure that might well save your life.
I’ve almost always worn a medical ID. Apart from diabetes and the fragile 24/7 management that no stranger can do as well as I do, I’d prefer someone get in touch with my endo and CDE before they decide on any insulin doses. I’d also want someone to know that my insulin pump copes with my basal very well, but to reduce it a bit if I’m stuck motionless.
I have a laundry list of allergies, other medical conditions, and in particular a horrible intolerance to a very common drug used in anaesthesia. I need to know that if I can’t speak for myself, something else will. All of that and more just won’t fit on a little ID tag.
Medical ID Options
Sometimes I’ve bought generic medical IDs and had them engraved. Sometimes I’ve just bought the ID part and made my own jewellery to go with it. a few years ago, bought a beautiful, delicate silver bracelet from Etsy, which surprisingly lasted several years, considering it was so delicate. My IDs have been varied and in many different styles, but they could never hold enough information.
While there are some incredibly cute IDs out there, I don’t particularly want an ID to look like a pretty piece of jewellery that no one will think to look at. On the other hand I don’t want anything engraved on my forehead, so to speak.
Most of the 24 hour call IDs are inappropriately expensive!
The Brand I Chose
Along comes RoadID, a very clever and relatively inexpensive concept! I’d read about it a while ago and decided it would be my next medical ID.
While partially targeted at anyone who’s on the road – cyclers, runners etc, it’s also marketed as a medical ID.
RoadID ships worldwide – at a very reasonable cost. Apart from the clever designs and concept, the inexpensive shipping and local first responder (ambulance, police etc) access phone number (in Australia) is definitely icing.
Original or Interactive
The ID part that is engraved is just the beginning. There are two kinds if RoadIDs – “Original” and “Interactive”.
You can purchase an ID that just has a few lines of your information on it (Original), or you can buy one where more detailed medical information is held on the website (Interactive).
Each Interactive ID has a serial number and pin on the back. Cleverly, the serial and pin are not on the front – someone has to turn it over to get these numbers. As long as you’re wearing it, no random person can get the info as long as you’re conscious! If you’re unconscious, you clearly need help immediately. Doesn’t matter who gets the information, if they can’t help!
Any first responder (police, ambulance etc) can either log into the RoadID website or call a local number. They then have access to your medical record and emergency contacts, your own identifying information and more. For example, my information has a note that I have a dog at home and who to call to take care of the dog if I can’t.
With the interactive ID, you create as much or as little info as you want on the website, and update it anytime. The cost of the data storage – US$9.99 per year. Way more than reasonable!
Here’s a photo of the difference between the regular RoadID and the interactive one. (A better one is on the website.)
Emergency personnel will need the serial number and pin of the RoadID before any information is available. I don’t know any first responder these days who doesn’t have either a mobile phone, internet access or access to someone else at the base who could call!
It could save very valuable time, and averts the risk of inappropriate treatment.
The Original Concept
From the RoadID website:
Road ID was created on the concept that active people should wear ID as part of their gear when participating in outdoor activities. It was started by a couple of guys who began to wonder “why in the heck don’t we have ID on us when we go out for a run or a ride?” We looked at our dogs, they had ID. But, if we had an unexpected accident, while running or cycling, we would be in bad shape – nobody would know who we were or who to contact. That freaked us out.
What I Bought
I bought a Slim Wrist ID in black with a spare pink band. I also bought the medical alert badge (a red caduceus) that goes to one side of the tag.
I don’t like anything tight on my wrist, so I opted for the large size, and wasn’t disappointed. It’s not going to fall off. It’s incredibly comfortable, and I barely notice I’m wearing it. So while I don’t have a huge wrist, the large is perfect. Do take measurements if you order one, and decide whether you want a tight bracelet or a loose one. Some are adjustable, some not.
The ID Tag and the small medical alert badge can easily be switched to another wristband of the same type. I’m sorry now I didn’t order more colours!
There are several different designs – something to suit everyone, even kids. There’s even one for the ankle! There’s also a Free RoadID app, which I’ve downloaded for my iPhone.
If you’re looking for something a little different with a very effective concept, head on over to RoadId.
Read and watch the RoadID story.