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Medical Alert Bracelet vs. Medical ID Bracelet: What’s the Difference?

Updated 8/31/15 10:59am | Alert1 is here to clear the air on the age old debate. Medical alert bracelet and medical ID bracelet: what’s the difference? Many of our customers get confused with the names of these two products. And we can see why! We will help you straighten things out.

A medical alert bracelet is the alarm button part of a medical alert system. It allows you to call for help with the push of a button at any time. A medical ID bracelet has a medical ID tag that has on it your medical information. In case of a medical emergency, your responders will see the bracelet and know how to give you personalized care. Though they both help keep you safe, they have very different functions. A medical alert button is what lets you call for help, and a medical ID bracelet helps emergency responders know how best to treat you.

What is a medical ID bracelet?

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A medical ID bracelet is a bracelet you wear around your wrist that has your medical ID information on the tag. A medical ID speaks for you when you are unable to communicate. With the medical ID tag containing your information, you do not have to worry about relaying your medical information to EMT’s when you are experiencing a medical emergency. One of the first things EMTs will do when they reach you is check for a medical ID tag. The information it contains can be crucial to get you the help you need quickly, while avoiding misdiagnosis and delayed treatment. Don’t make the EMTs guess your health circumstances when you can wear the answer on your wrist!

What information do you put on the medical ID tag?

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Your Alert1 medical ID bracelet comes with 16 medical condition stickers for easy personalization. The medical ID tag is easily engraved with your information if you have a specialized case. These categories and labels easily allow emergency responders to evaluate your senior health. The medical id bracelet information stickers include:

  • Diabetes
  • Diabetes 1
  • Diabetes 2
  • Blood Thinner
  • Coumadin
  • No BP/ needles left arm
  • No BP/ needles right arm
  • Penicillin Allergy
  • Heart Patient
  • Asthma
  • Peanut Allergy
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Gastric Bypass No Blind NG Tube
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Drug Allergy
  • Food Allergy 

Your medical ID tag can fit four of these stickers to allow for further customization. Your medical ID tag will help your responders take the best possible care of you when you need it the most.

What about medical ID fashions?

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Alert1 carries medical ID bracelets for women and medical ID bracelets for men. A variety of fashionable styles means you can wear your ID bracelet with pride. The Alert1 Figaro Chain medical ID bracelet features a classic design suitable for men and women. The elegant Alert1 Silver Pearl Medical ID Bracelet features Silver Swarovski crystal pearls. It’s not only beautiful, but durable. The bracelet is held together by a sturdy elastic strand and stainless steel clasps so you can wear it every day. Alert1 has medical ID bracelet jewelry perfect for seniors who want to stay fashionable while helping themselves stay safe. 

Do you need a medical ID bracelet?

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Let us answer that with a question: do you have any sort of medical condition that requires specialized treatment? If so, the answer is yes, you should wear a medical ID bracelet. If there is the possibility that you will need emergency specialized help, a medical ID bracelet will help you get the care you need quickly. You never know if you will be unable to communicate your medical history to EMTs when you are in distress. It is better to be safe than sorry. Wearing a medical ID bracelet will give you peace of mind knowing that it will speak for you if you can’t. 

What is a medical alert bracelet?

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A medical alert bracelet is an alarm button for seniors that comes as part of the Alert1 medical alert system. The help button is what allows you to easily call for help with just the touch of a button.

When you press your help button, you are contacted to the Alert1 Command Center. A highly trained US-based operator will come on the line and ask you if you need help. If you need help, or if you are unable to respond, we will send you the help you need from your Circle of Care. Your Circle of Care is your personalized list of responders. We will send you the help you need, whether that is a neighbor or EMS. The operator will stay on the line with you until help arrives; you will never be alone with Alert1’s senior medical alert systems.

Alert1 offers unlimited button pushes and unlimited talk time. We encourage you to push your alarm button whenever you need help, at any time. No matter is too big or small. Our trained and reassuring operators will quickly assess the situation give you the help you need.

Medical alert bracelets and medical alert pendants are waterproof so that you can wear them anywhere. Whether you are doing dishes, taking a shower, or bathing the dog, your alarm button can protect you. You will never feel alone with help only a touch away, 24/7.

What about medical alert fashions?

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Alert1 wants you to feel comfortable wearing your medical alert bracelet or medical alert pendant for seniors. You can get your alarm button as either a bracelet or a pendant. Seniors can be both safe and stylish! We offer a variety of stylish lanyards and bracelets for you to choose from. You will not feel the need to hide your senior alert button with these accessories. For medical alert bracelets in particular, we recommend our slapbands. Made of durable and lightweight silicone, they are easy and fun to put on. 

Do you need a medical alert button?

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According to the CDC, 1 in 3 seniors will fall this year. Don’t let yourself or your parents be a part of that statistic. If you have fallen and struggled to get up, are at risk of a sudden medical emergency, or have concerned family members, an Alert1 fall detection system is right for you. It is incredibly reassuring to be able to call for help at the touch of a button. Don’t be caught alone without a way to call for help. Get the peace of mind that comes with a medical alert system.

What are the differences between a medical alert bracelet and a medical ID bracelet?

As you can see, a medical alert button and a medical ID bracelet are very different things, even though they both help keep you safe. A medical alert button in combination with a medical alert system allows you to call for help with the simple press of a button. Once help arrives, a medical ID bracelet ensures they know how to best treat you. Both allow you to get the help you need. The two systems are best used in conjunction with each other for an additional level of senior protection and peace of mind. Feel protected and secure with your medical alert button and medical ID bracelet and continue to live safely and independently.


1:17 PM on July 29, 2014 Jody Burns
It seems to me like having both of these medical IDs and medical alarm systems is a good idea.
7:20 PM on July 29, 2014 Suzanne White
My mom would like the beaded one. Much prettier than the medical id bracelet she has today.
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