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The medical ID tag is a small metal plate or device that allows for the identification of its user and their pre-existing medical conditions, especially if any of those are life-threatening.

Medical ID or medical identification tag is an emblem or a chip that is normally worn by an individual with a grave pre-existing medical condition that may require immediate attention. They can exist in the form of a card, necklace, bracelet, ring or any other piece of jewelry. The variety of shapes and sizes is almost endless. Such bracelets for men and women can and often do save lives. Much like dog tags, they can help identify an individual that has lost consciousness as well as their medical conditions that require urgent attention. Normally existing in for of stainless steel or sterling silver objects, they are slowly but surely crossing over into the digital realm and in the form of smartphones, USB drives, or mobile apps. Such a device is more likely to provide detailed information than a simple metal tag. Doctors and emergency care workers are starting to prefer them. Another more recent addition is the so-called QR code. It is a unique number usually presented on a sticker that will lead the emergency responder to the appropriate website which stores all the important information they need when handling their patient.

Medical ID tags rarely come in just one form. They are made to fit everyone's needs, aiming for ease of use as well as comfort in wearing. The most traditional format that has been around since the 1940s is that of a stainless steel piece of jewelry. This little reminder for emergency personnel will commonly display a logo or inscription showing a particular medical condition. A more recent medical alert bracelet will also include information on membership in a particular medical information organization and provide a member identification number. NFC tags and QR codes are another way to store detailed information remotely and will be familiar to doctors and emergency care providers across the US and beyond. Silicone bracelets are also becoming popular for people who suffer from allergies. These are the simplest forms of medical ID that are slowly being replaced by more modern technology. Today, information can be stored on smartwatches and phones. In app form, they can serve as an alert for iPhone or Android devices, allowing the wearer peace of mind as well as an option to quickly dial emergency services - if the need arises. They are an excellent replacement for a wireless alert button (the so-called panic button) and sometimes even go so far as to offer telemed consultations.

Not everyone can wear a medical ID tag. In fact, only very specific circumstances entitle the individual to the use of this device. Life-threatening conditions and illnesses in which the patient is likely to lose consciousness or the ability to call for help unassisted are the main preconditions for an individual to wear such a gadget. Adrenal insufficiency, advanced stages of diabetes, epilepsy, acute porphyria, and situs inversus are just some of the conditions for which a doctor will advise the patient to carry a medical ID card or tag. Apart from such emergencies, proneness to seizures or possession of a pacemaker can also be a reason to have such a device close by. More recently, these tags (normally presented in the form of free bracelets) have started to become the norm for those suffering from memory disorders and advanced stages of dementia. These conditions will often render the individual incapable of remembering their home address or even their own identity. A smart bracelet can be of great help in returning the person to safety. Today, most such jewelry is produced and approved by the Medic Alert Foundation but other means exist of acquiring and using them.

ID bracelets and other medical tags normally provide the emergency care professional or doctor in charge of the patient a number of different facts to consider when making a diagnosis. A modern medical ID will include pre-existing medical conditions in order of their gravity, any allergies, previous surgeries, transplants, and implants present. It can also mention the kind of medication that the person is using on a regular basis. The wearer's national health service user number will also be present. In addition, it can also give the emergency responders an ICE (in case of emergency) number that will allow them to contact the next of kin and arrange for further treatment. All this can be useful to paramedics as well as law enforcement personnel depending on the type of accident the person suffers. It makes both medical and legal matters a lot easier.

The 21st century has brought us a rapid change in the way we observe and use our tech. Today, we don't have to carry a multitude of devices. The general tendency is to merge more gadgets into one. In a more mundane context, a tablet, music player and smartwatch are all being substituted by the smartphone, each giving away its core features to a device that also offers a wealth of others. The medical ID tag is no different and now finds itself among the other apps that the average individual is likely to have on their phone. Their use is no longer limited to those with existing, life-threatening conditions but can also serve as a medical record and convenient reminder of one's less grave illnesses in case of visiting a new doctor. Such an app can also be convenient when moving abroad as it is likely to offer its information not only in the standard Latin but also in a number of widely-spoken languages such as English, Spanish, Russian, and Mandarin. This makes traveling for those with life-threatening conditions a lot easier and stress-free. Merging such software with automatic urgent care finders can and will save lives. For an emergency call app, Android and iOS are both equally viable choices, making this type of service almost universally accessible.

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