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.
  • If emergency medical personnel access your record, it is much easier and quicker if the same familiar medical format is used, therefore the information presented to the emergency team will always be displayed in the order below. This could be a time 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 on twice one line with the full name and one with the abbreviation this is, so 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


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


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