In the event of a medical emergency first responders will check the patient for any signs of medical alert jewellery, whether that be a necklace, bracelet or a wallet card. The reason why medical information is often worn on the wrist or neck is that these are the places that paramedics would check your pulse. So they are more likely to spot your jewellery.
Wearing a medical alert bracelet can ensure that your medical conditions or needs are communicated quickly and easily, especially if you are unresponsive or unconscious when paramedics arrive.
But which wrist is best for your medical ID bracelet?
The answer to this is quite simple – whichever wrist you want to wear it on.
There isn’t a specific wrist that medical staff will check first; they will initially check both wrists and the neckline, with any bags/wallets being checked after the initial assessment of the patient has taken place.
The only time we would advise wearing your bracelet on a specific wrist is if the information on it is related to that arm; for example if you want paramedics to know not to take your blood pressure on your left arm you may wear a wristband or bracelet which reads “No BP or needles this arm” in which case you would wear it on your left wrist. Or to be extra safe, you could choose engraving that reads "No BP or needles Left arm".
Any other considerations?
There are a few other things to bear in mind when choosing which wrist to wear your bracelet on. These are more to help with the life span of your product and to ensure it gets seen more easily in an emergency situation.
If you are considering purchasing a medical alert bracelet think about other jewellery that you like to wear. If you already wear a lot of bracelets do you have space for it to comfortably sit on your wrist? Will it work with your other pieces and is it still easily noticeable in case of an emergency? If you have any bracelets maybe try them on both your wrists and see which you prefer, you may not decide until your bracelet arrives and you can see and feel it in person but these are all things to bear in mind when choosing which product to order.
All our bracelets are designed to be worn on either wrist so you can be sure they will look equally good whether you decide to wear them on the right or the left side.
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