Alert! What Do I Engrave on my Medical ID Bracelet?

A medical bracelet is an excellent idea. But deciding what to engrave on it can be difficult. With our medical alert bracelets, you have the freedom to choose whatever wording of engraving best suits your unique situation. However, keep in mind that available space is limited. If you’re stuck wondering what to put on a medical ID bracelet, here are some suggestions that may help.

Information That May Help Emergency Responders

By customizing a medical id product with specific information about your needs and conditions, emergency response personnel will know what precautions to take when they are trying to treat and stabilize you. Simply list allergies, illnesses, medications, or any other information that might be important.


It’s vital to add any medical conditions that emergency responders need. Common ailments may include:

If you have any severe allergies, list them. This will let responders know to be extra careful if they see an unknown substance on or near your body since it could be an allergy trigger. Also, drug allergies can be shortened. For example, “PCN allergy” can alert first responders that you’re allergic to penicillin. 

Be clear whether it is a medication you’re taking for a specific condition or one that you do not take due to an allergic reaction. For example, the engraved word “Morphine” by itself may be confused as to whether it is your medication or is one to stay away from due to your allergies.


Engrave only those medications that are critical and used to treat your medical conditions such as blood thinners and those to control Diabetes. Remember, an engraved medication is a permanent process and can only be changed by exchanging the engraved plate.  There is plenty of room to add all less important medications and allergies onto the Emergency Medical Card we provide so, if needed, you can engrave “See Med Card”.

Sometimes you may need to make sure that the medical professionals know which condition and medication correspond to each other.  For example, “Give EpiPen” or “Need EpiPen” can make emergencies go a little smoother. Additionally, if you have the room, engrave “EpiPen in bag.”

Emergency Contact Information

It is a good idea if room is available, but you don’t need to include emergency contact. However, for children and patients with certain conditions, such as a memory impairment disorder, it offers more protection for you or your loved one. You can use “ICE” and a ten-digit number. EMTs will know it means “in case of an emergency.”

What if You Need More Space for Engraving?

Although we have large selection of medical alert ID products including medical alert bracelet bands for men, women, and children, space is still limited. Universal Medical Data offers many options of medical IDs that allow you to engrave as many as 432 characters.  If you’re trying to include a lot of information, you may need a second option. 

For example, not all patients who have medical ID bracelets are chronically ill. However, those who need it may find it difficult to engrave the information because it is challenging to shorten it to a few words. Fortunately for these people, Universal Medical Data can help. You have a few choices.

First, each purchase of a medical alert bracelet comes with an Emergency Medical Card that is designed to be completed by hand and carried in your wallet or purse.  It contains detailed personal info, including medical conditions, emergency contact numbers as well as an extensive listing of any critical medications and allergies. 

The second option is an Emergency Medical Card that contains all your medical data that is accessible online. The online Emergency Medical Card can be edited, saved and printed out with your updated information whenever you choose. This contains a detailed list of any medications, allergies, contact information, and conditions. This should be carried with you with copies left at home, work, automobile or with loved ones.  It offers everything medical professionals need to know to treat you quickly and accurately. For more information about engraving information on your Universal Medical Data medical ID bracelet, read our FAQ here.