Medical alert jewelry is not just a fashion statement (although at times it can be), it is designed to provide important medical information on the wearer in case of emergency. The actual medical information on a piece of jewelry is very small, and can even be recorded digitally on a USB memory drive. Because of the small size any type of jewelry can be used, from necklaces and pendants to bracelets.
To make the alert jewelry easily visible to responders it often has the caduceus medical emblem on it (two snakes wrapped around a staff) to make it easily visible to first responders. Typically medical jewelry is made out of stainless steel, but silver and gold are also fairly common. As you can imagine having a visible piece of jewelry is important so that it can be easily seen in an emergency.
Conditions that typically warrant a medical alert warning are those that have high degrees of allergic reactions to common treatments, or those that cause the victim to be unconscious. A few of the top conditions in question are:
• Alzheimers Disease
• Advance Medical Directives (Do Not Revive orders or Living Will)
• Drug allergies
• Various types of seizure disorder
• Anaphylactic Allergies (food, insect bite, drug, etc.)
• Adrenal disorders
• Pacemaker or other implanted medical device
• Anticoagulant in use
• Use of a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) drug
• Rare blood types
• Acute porphyria