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Medical IDs: Jewelry that could save your life

In an emergency, seconds become crucial. For example, someone with diabetes could experience a serious drop in blood sugar that would demand an immediate medical response. But the patient would be slurring his or her words and seem woozy and slow – symptoms that an observer might attribute to a few too many drinks.

However, when patients wear a medical alert bracelet, it signals anyone coming to their rescue to look for a medical condition as the possible cause of those symptoms.

Medical identification speaks for patients who are unable to speak for themselves, providing important information to first responders and other medical personnel.

Knowing that information could save a life by leading to a prompt diagnosis and proper treatment.  

Who should wear a medical ID?

First responders are trained to check for medical ID jewelry upon arrival. The ID tells first responders that you may require different or additional care in an emergency.

People who should wear a medical ID include those who:

  • Have been diagnosed with a chronic condition
  • Are allergic to food, drugs, or insects
  • Have a medical implant or take medication

Save with Blue365

Medical ID jewelry doesn't have to look clinical. One company, Hope Paige Designs, a Blue365 partner, makes medical ID bracelets that combine safety with style.  The company offers more than 100 styles, all available to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois members at a 30 percent discount with free shipping. For details, visit Blue365 deals.

Learn more about Hope Paige Designs and the history behind its fashionable medical ID bracelets.