Medical Alert Bracelets That Don’t Suck

By | May 14, 2012

Medical Alert Bracelets.

They’re big, they’re clunky, they alert everyone within a 3 restaurant table radius of you that there is “something wrong,” and they’re completely necessary.  Thankfully, only the last statement is true.  It may take a little extra hunting, but thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can get your hands on a non-tacky, non-obtrusive medical alert bracelet without too much fuss.


Road ID

Road ID Wrist ID Slim

I first came across these bad boys when I was looking for an alert bracelet to wear while running.  Since then, the Wrist ID Slim has become my every day alert bracelet.  The Slim is clean and modern looking, and I’ve actually had a number of people compliment me on my “watch” while wearing this one.  This one is about as far as you can get from typical medical alert jewelry while still alerting EMTs that your name is Jane, you have seizures and they should call your sister.


Hand-Stamped Cuffs

A Copper Bracelet by JetSilverBeads of Etsy, stamped with "Diabetes"

Etsy is my go to for things that I’m not talented enough to make myself, and there are a number of classier alternatives to alert bracelets as well.  These tend to hold a lot less information than something like a Road ID (you’re almost definitely going to have to carry an info card in your wallet), but they’re more feminine and are easier to pass as regular jewelry.  In addition to the stamped copper one shown above (available here from JetSilverBeads on Etsy), you can find cuffs in sterling silveraluminum, or whatever else happens to be in the Etsy marketplace on a given day.

Stash Everywhere Bands

As one of those obnoxiously over-prepared diabetics (what, you mean you don’t carry 2 spare infusion sets at all times?) I’ve learned to stash certain supplies everywhere so that I always have them if I need them.  And since I’ve found these little guys, I’m the same way about alert bracelets:

These Diabetic Medical Alert Silicone Bands actually come in a 10 pack, so I have a couple at the office, one in my gym bag, and a few more at home that my cat has claimed as the best toys ever.  True, they don’t have all of the info that I’d like to have on a bracelet, but if I’ve forgotten or lost my main one, it’s nice to have a bright yellow marker on my wrist that tells the EMTs to check my sugs while leaving everyone else think that I’ve donated a dollar to some cause or another.


Lorraine on May 14, 2012 at 10:28 pm.

Caleb uses Road ID and LOVES it!


Nishu on May 27, 2012 at 2:48 am.

A little late but I just saw this and must comenmt. To think that most of those comenmts likely came from other crafters and artists! That’s gross and sad.Recently, there was a comenmt on Design Sponge that criticized the price of some beautifully designed and screen printed tea towels. Grace, of course, defended the pricing, pointing out that it was actually on the “cheap” side. Then the comenmter came back to say, “I am a big fan of handmade, don’t get me wrong. I exclusively purchase gifts from Etsy!” but maybe just didn’t value tea towels enough. People in the etsy community often like to say that they “support handmade.” But buying handmade is not the same as supporting handmade. Supporting handmade encompasses economic and moral support, showing in words and wallet that you believe handmade has a value that exceeds the cost of supplies and an hourly wage. Simply buying on etsy because you realize that you can actually save money by buying handmade, and get better quality to boot, is not supporting handmade. It’s just buying handmade.So much of the defense of pricing talks about quality materials and the amount of work, but that assumes that you are just a worker, when in fact you’re an artist. You are charging for the time it takes to design an item, both it’s visual look and the production process. You are charging for your knowledge and talent. You are charging for the time that it took to develop the skills and techniques in the first place. Nevermind the obvious: marketing, photographing, electricity, rent, etc.I don’t think the petty members withing the etsy community deserves the time and effort of a defense, but it is nice to see others call them out!


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