A bracelet?

I just received a pacemaker.  I am really grateful because it saved my life!  My question is do you recommend I get a braceley identifying that I have a pacemaker?  Thanks very much!


10 Comments

I do

by AgentX86 - 2019-08-04 19:53:09

It's a personal thing.  I wear both a bracelet and dog tag that list the most important meds (particulaly anticoagulants) and my heart condition to the detail an EMT would find useful (hy rhythm is so messed up that I don't want them taking time trying to figure it out).  The idea isn't to describe everything in detail, just what an EMT would need if they came across you if you couldn't speak for yourself.

Answer to my question on identification bracelet

by Walt - 2019-08-04 19:57:00

Thanks very much!  You make excellent arguments!

Medical ID

by Theknotguy - 2019-08-05 07:24:23

In the United States, EMT's are now trained to look for medical ID devices.  After I ended up in the hospital unconscious I now wear a medical ID tag with the initial information engraved on it.  It may not be seen or immediately read, but it's there in case I can't talk for myself.  

Medical ID

by Walt - 2019-08-05 10:43:37

Thanks very much!  You make a good point.  I will look into getting one.  Probably, most well trained EMT's would look for them.

Medical alerts

by AgentX86 - 2019-08-05 11:05:31

The two companies I've dealt with are SickyJ (an advertiser on this site) an American Medical ID. StickyJ tends to be somewhat cheaper but American Medical seems to be a little higher quality. This is only my impression from a limited sample, so YMMV. Both seem to have prompt service and are good to deal with.

Medical Bracelet

by IPGENG12 - 2019-08-07 19:39:41

I definitely think it's a good idea to wear a medical bracelet.  I am pacemaker dependent- if I pass out due to a  pacing system malfunction or other event,  it will be a medical crisis.  Having the bracelet will hopefully help EMT's reduce the time for appropriate therapy + alert them to the fact that I have a pacemaker before they place cardiac defibrillation pads right over the device,  which can potentially damage the device.  There are recommended defib pad placements for pacemaker patients.  I'd recommend wearing the bracelet. 

Medical ID

by Walt - 2019-08-07 20:06:46

You make an excellent point!  Thanks very much for taking the time to send this.  I have definitely decided to get one!

Medical ID

by Walt - 2019-08-07 20:10:31

Thanks Agent X86!  I will look into those two companies for a bracelet

What info?

by gmilburn - 2019-08-17 18:48:16

What information would be most useful to an EMT? What should be engraved on a dog tag or bracelet of a PM-dependant person (i.e., me.)

Medical ID

by Walt - 2019-08-17 18:51:45

Great question!  I am new to this and don't know.  I think I will ask my cardiologist during my next appointment.

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