Medical Guidance Notes

Some advice on medical related queries

Member Guidance Notes

  • Your medical details form a vital part of your emergency MedicAlert record.  The sequence in which we store such information is very similar to the way in which medical personnel may gather and record information about you.
  • When emergency medical personnel access your record, it is easier and quicker that a consistent medical format is used, therefore your record will always be presented to the emergency team in the order listed below. This could be a time saving and potentially life-saving advantage.
  • When entering your information, we recommend you follow the sequence below, however, it is your record, and this is your personal view.
  • Registered nurses at MedicAlert frequently review member records and may contact you to check or recommend changes. If you do not want your record altered then please let us know.
  • All record entries should be in British English without abbreviations. Where jewellery engraving space is limited we may use some approved medical abbreviations, for example; COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), MI (Myocardial Infarction), TIA (Transient Ischaemic Attack). Generally, they would be separated for example CVA, Type 2 Diabetes, ICD. In some cases, you may see your condition within your record twice, once with its full name and once with the abbreviation. This is so that we can choose to engrave the abbreviated term but keep the full term as well.
  • We use medical and lay language interchangeably for example, heart attack or myocardial infarction, high blood pressure or hypertension. 
  • We recommend not adding dose, amount or frequency of medications, nor the reason for administration.
  • It is not recommended to include numbers on your jewellery, such as your NHS number, contact numbers or device serial codes as these may delay initial care decisions. These details can be stored on your full record and provided in an emergency.

Information Sequence with examples

  1. Conditions – Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Attack, Underactive thyroid
  2. Implants – Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator, Aortic valve, Neurostimulator
  3. History of – Asthma, Hysterectomy, Ablation
  4. Anaphylaxis – Peanuts, Penicillin, Latex
  5. Allergies – Eggs, Dairy products, Wasps
  6. Avoid – Ibuprofen, MRI, Needles or taking BP from left arm
  7. Medication - Regularly - Levetiracetam, Bisoprolol, Apixaban
  8. Medication - When needed – Paracetamol, Stemetil, Tramadol
  9. Carries – EpiPen, Emergency Hydrocortisone, Inhaler
  10. Can take – Erythromycin, Co-codamol, Codeine
  11. Miscellaneous – Blood Group A RhD positive, Organ Donor, Jehovah’s Witness

Your browser session was modified and your impersonation status has changed.

Please click below to continue.


Your login session has expired on this device.

Please click below to continue.

Sign in