hi y’all I had a ICD and crt-d put in a few days ago. Do I need to get a medical I’d bracelet
No, you don't need an ID but it's probably a good idea. I have two (dog tag and braclet) warning any EMT that I'm paced VVIR, and have AV dyssynchrony, so don't waste time an a funky heartbeat. It's my "normal ". It also says that I'm dependent and the more important drugs I'm on (anticoagulant, primarily).
IMO, medical IDs are cheap insurance.
Depends upon your medical issues. For those of us with several problems it can save time if you are unconscious. Most large city EMT's in the US are trained to look for some kind of medical ID now.
I've got one with a thumb drive and have all my medications listed on the drive. So if I'm somewhere and have problems and don't have my medications listing, my thumb drive has the info. Haven't needed it yet but it's nice to know it's there if something did happen.
That's an excellent idea. I also carry an embossed metal card (from one of the medical ID companies) in my wallet with more medical history. My medical dog tag also has my wife's phone number on it. She can give more history than can be put on a tag or bracelet, too. My theory of a medical ID is that the most important, immediately needed, information is listed and everything that isn't critical, *now* can be left off. Basically, they're something to get the EMTs started. They don't need to know that I take Vitamin-D or Magnesium (or even a statin or BP meds, for that matter).
I wear a bracelet that states:
HIS bundle pacing
The manufacturer’s name
My health record number
My healthcare company’s name/number
Family contact number
I wear a Medic Alert bracelet that states I have an ICD, Cleveland Clinic, and meds on one side, and home number and office number on the other. (I have no idea why in the world I put my office number on it:)) I put my hospital's name on it because I am hoping if something happens they will take me to the Cleveland Clinic. I also put it on there because they have all my info about meds. and exact diagnosis and doctors treating me there. I have asked a couple of EMTs if this was a good idea and they all said most definitely. They are very inexpensive and they also have so many different styles for women and men it's hard to choose just one.
You know you're wired when...
You can hear your heartbeat in your cell phone.
You'll come to peace with it in time.