Medical Identification Jewelry

Wearing a piece of medical identification jewelry could prove life-saving in a serious medical situation or disaster. Without this helpful item, it's impossible to know if a stranger has a special condition or a medicinal allergy. This can definitely keep a person from helping in a life or death situation, but the Bible says "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:2). By wearing something with this information on it, an EMT, physician, or just about anyone can know the person's situation immediately. With this important knowledge displayed right on the individual, the appropriate care can be administered. More and more people are wearing something to identify one's health needs because it's proving to be a major help in dangerous situations.

When imagining this type of identifier, people tend to picture the ugly, plastic bands that hospitals assign to patients. However, these bands are quite different. Various styles of medical id bracelets are now available in silver or gold. While some pieces are worn around the neck or wrist, others are made for looping in shoelaces or pinning to purses. Sometimes it's hard to tell these items apart from any other piece of jewelry. Yet, there is one major feature that separates this type from any other. A bracelet or necklace which includes allergy or illness information will always have a medical alert symbol on it or attached on a charm. This symbol can be in several colors, including white, red, and black. It looks like an asterisk with a pole in the center. A snake is wrapped around this pole, climbing it. This is what EMTs or physicians will look for on medical ID bracelets.

Those people suffering from a serious health condition or allergy may want to consider getting this form of jewelry. It's recommended for people with conditions varying from Asthma to Visual Impairment. The need for displaying health information is especially dire in the case of children. Young children can't always communicate to others what their allergies or conditions are. Some kids may have life-threatening allergies to things as common as milk or peanuts. Others may suffer from Diabetes or seizures, or they may want to make others aware that they are on a certain prescribed medication. Many prominent health associations and foundations recommend wearing some form of medical identification jewelry. It's a very important way to avoid simple mistakes or misdiagnoses in the midst of an emergency.

Bracelets or necklaces can include just about any information necessary. Wearers will want to include the most important information and a number to contact in case of an emergency. To have this engraved, simply request "I.C.E." for In Case of Emergency and include the phone number with area code separated by periods rather than dashes. Any medicinal allergy, such as one to Penicillin, would definitely be important to include on medical ID bracelets. The fact that a person needs an oral medication for their condition could be included. Overall, it's best to include what an EMT needs to know in an emergency situation. Abbreviate as much as possible if there is too much information to fit on the provided lines. Physicians can offer recommendations and even make suggestions about what needs to be included in the engraving. Contacting the customer service line for a bracelet or necklace retailer can also be helpful to those who want to purchase medical identification jewelry.

The style, retailer, type of metal, and amount of engraving are all factors that come into play when pricing medical ID necklaces or bracelets. A simple necklace could be purchased for as little as $13.00 plus shipping. Other necklaces or bracelets can cost upwards of $400 because they are specially made in 14K gold. No matter the price, most retailers will offer plenty of choices regarding the number of lines and characters to be engraved. Even the color and specific look of the alert symbol can vary. Other options can include choice of size, name engraving, crystal beads, and even specialty charms in many shapes. Some people even have medical ID bracelets that double as watches.

The greatest variety of styles and retailers can be found on the Internet. This is also an easy place to compare prices right from home. Be sure that the seller is reputable and has no complaints with the Better Business Bureau. Look at customer testimonies, note how long the retailer has been in business, and read their return policy. Many specially made pieces are non-refundable. Medical identification jewelry can also be purchased locally. A great benefit to this is being able to see the product in person and get a feel for what to expect from the purchase. Often physicians and hospitals will have their own contacts for these products. Friends and family can also make recommendations for local and Internet retailers.

Not only is buying this form of identification important, it's important to care for the bracelet or necklace and always wear it. A medical emergency or accident could happen at any moment. It's extremely vital to be prepared. Medical identification jewelry needs to be visible and easy to access at all times. In cold weather, some people will place their necklaces on the outside of their coats. Others will wear it even when swimming or showering. Therefore, the piece should be strong and water-resistant. Most pieces will wear out over time, no matter what they're made of. Depending on the type of metal, it's wise to replace the medical ID at least every five to ten years. Regardless, it should definitely be changed every time a medical condition changes.

Custom Silicone Bracelets

Custom silicone bracelets are popular--one sees them everywhere, on the wrists of children, teens, and adults alike, often without knowing what they are called. They are the brightly colored slip-on rubber bracelets that people wear to promote breast cancer awareness, advertise for businesses, or match funky tennis shoes. First appearing in bright yellow to help raise funds for cancer research, personalized silicone bracelets took off, garnering millions both for non-profit organizations and regular for-profit companies. Cheap, trendy, and easily mass-produced, they have been used by endless organizations and businesses for advertisement and have provided a space for the expression of social and religious messages. Now there are hundreds of online companies offering bracelet making services to interested individuals and entities, whether for product promotion, fundraising, or fashion.

No longer do the bracelets come in single colors with plain old debossing; now they may be debossed, embossed, printed with silkscreen, ink filled, and color coated, and shoppers can find glow-in-the dark, tie-dye, swirled colors, segmented colors, and glitter items. Available in any font and color, custom silicone bracelets are so easy to create and personalize once one understands all of the terms and types. Embossed means that the letters on the bracelet are engraved into the silicone; debossed means that the letters are raised above the material. Printing one's message is the cheapest option; letters are printed onto the bracelet just as letters are printed onto a baseball jersey. Embossed letters may also be ink filled with a different color to make the message stand out more clearly.

Because so many personalized silicone bracelets are being worn today, people often don't pay as much attention to them as when the trend first started. For this reason, companies are beginning to get much more creative, in order to make their bands stand out from the crowd. Usually, a bracelet may be segmented into up to six colors or may have its colors swirled or tie-dyed. Shoppers can make purchases glow-in-the-dark or glittery for about ten cents extra per bracelet; also, some companies are beginning to offer figure bracelets, which have a little more design and shape to them than ordinary standard bands. These extra touches are helping to save custom silicone bracelets from fashion extinction.

Most websites offering this product have a page that allows shoppers to visually assemble the bracelet, first by choosing the size, colors, fonts, and techniques to be used. Often, a shopper is are able to see a preview of what the bracelet would look like and can try out different options until she finds the perfect combination of color, font, and graphics to express her own unique message. Websites also have a pricing chart, showing how much each additional characteristic will cost, per item; shoppers will save the most money by buying in bulk. Many of these websites have a minimum purchase amount of 5, 50 or 100, but some sites will allow shoppers to create a single bracelet of any type. This is convenient for people who want to buy personalized silicone bracelets bearing their name or a personal message.

Most companies have a toll-free number available so that shoppers can receive a price quote directly over the phone, which is ideal for shoppers wanting to buy simply-made items in bulk. Often, free shipping is available and some companies will package bracelets individually for an added cost. Shoppers choosing this method for ordering should be prepared to say how many items are needed, and of what sizes, colors, and designs; and should also be very specific about the wording and spelling of the message or advertisement. Typically, there are three available sizes: youth, universal, and large; shoppers may choose one size or buy a combination of sizes, depending on the customer's needs. It is important to be sure that one's purchase is made of authentic silicone and not a cheap rubber substitute; otherwise, the bracelet will probably not last very long and may break or fade easily.

So why should anyone choose custom silicone bracelets when there are so many other means of expression such as T-shirts, bumper stickers, fridge magnets, lanyards, and key chains? One answer is that this item can be worn every day and is less likely to be thrown in the garbage or stuck in a drawer and forgotten; plus, it is much cheaper to mass produce than a T-shirt. Schools can hand these bracelets out to students to inspire school spirit or as part of a character-building program; silicone bands make excellent souvenirs for church camps, family reunions, sports events, and graduations. Wristbands may advertise for an upstart band, promote a concert, and help solidify a fan base. Also, people with serious medical conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy, or severe allergies may wear them to let people know of their condition in case of an emergency.

Of course, individuals wear personalized silicone bracelets just for fun, to express their personalities, fashion taste, and personal values. Examples include wearing items with one's name, favorite quote, or primary personal characteristic, like "sassy" or "joyful." Children and teens will especially enjoy this, as they can inscribe the name of a favorite actor or singer or baseball player, make friendship bracelets with both friends' names included, and create matching looks for their teams, clubs, and cliques. Some people might like to wear a band bearing the name of a loved one or pet that has passed away, telling of religious beliefs, or inspiring others with unique and hopeful messages. Christians, for example, might want to use personalized wristbands to pass on these comforting words: "God is love" (1 John 4:16).

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