by ROAD iD Staff January 20, 2022

It’s not easy to live with a medical condition. But the purpose of life is to continue moving, no matter the conditions we live with. Many people live with small and chronic illnesses and go about their lives, trying to live what could be called a normal life. 

If you happen to work in hospitality or retail, chances are you’ve had a customer come in who’s wearing a medical alert bracelet. You may not have realized it, but it’s likely you’ve had many customers living with chronic illnesses and medical conditions. 

A medical alert bracelet might indicate conditions from diabetes to dementia to heart disease. But whether it’s a type 1 diabetes bracelet or a dementia ID bracelet, you should take notice of a customer’s medical alert bracelet without calling direct attention to it — as you want to remain respectful of a person’s medical condition and anonymity. 

However, in the event of an emergency, you should act fast to protect your customer. 

Common Conditions that Require a Medical Alert Bracelet

There are a few medical conditions you’re most likely to see on a customer’s medical alert bracelet. Altogether, these tend to include the most common medical conditions that Americans face. Here are the most common conditions you’ll see listed on a customer’s medical alert bracelet.

First and foremost, many Americans live with diabetes, whether type 1 or 2. Diabetic jewelry is a first line of defense for many Americans, as it informs others of their condition. 

Otherwise, other conditions that are often helped with a medical ID bracelet include dementia, food and drug allergies, heart disease, lung conditions and more. 

Allergy bracelets are especially important for customers visiting restaurants, as you can never be too sure of cross-contamination unless it is directly stated while placing an order. And, even if an order is placed, miscommunication could happen while transferring information between the dining room and the kitchen. So it’s important that a customer remains safe and informs people around them of their medical conditions. 

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Abbreviations You May See on a Customer’s ID Band

More often than not, a person with a medical ID will list their medical condition with an abbreviation, especially if they have multiple conditions. Most medical conditions tend to be rather long, due to their Latin roots, so it’s important to save space on an engraved bracelet. 

Here are some of the most common abbreviations you’ll see on a customer’s medical ID bracelet: 

Common Medical Conditions 

Alzheimer’s disease: ALZ

Aortic Valve Replacement: AVR

Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease: AHD

Atrial Fibrillation: A-Fib

Automatic Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator: AICD

Autism Spectrum Disorder: ASD 

BiPolar Affective Disorder: BPAD

Blood Pressure: BP

Borderline Personality Disorder: BPD

Crohn’s Disease: CD

Cerebral Palsy: CP

Cancer: CA

Chronic Kidney Disease: CKD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: COPD

Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease: COLD

Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease: COAD

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia: CAH

Congestive Heart Failure: CHF

Coronary Artery Disease: CAD

Coronary Heart Disease: CHD

Cystic Fibrosis: CF

Deep Vein Thrombosis: DVT

Diabetic KetoAcidosis: DKA

Diabetes Mellitus: DM

Down syndrome: DS

Difficulty Of Breathing: DOB

FibroMyalgia Syndrome: FMS

HyperTeNsion: HTN

Hepatitis A Virus: HAV

Hepatitis B Virus: HBV

Hepatitis C Virus: HCV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus: HIV

Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus: IDDM

Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura: ITP

Mitral Stenosis; Multiple Sclerosis: MS

Mitral Valve Prolapse: MVP

Small Airways Disease: SAD

SChiZophrenia: SCZ

Ulcerative Colitis: UC

Allergies You’ll See

PNC (Penicillin)

MORPHINE

OPIOIDS

SHELLFISH

BEES

NUTS

INSECT STINGS

LATEX

Medications They’re Currently On 

Acetaminophen: ASAP

Antibiotic: ATB

Aspirin: ASA

​Cephalosporin: CEPH

Codeine: COD

Corticosteroids: CS

Doxycycline: DOXY

Epinephrine: EPI

Auto-injector epinephrine pen: EPIPEN

Erythromycin ethylsuccinate: EES

Hydrocortisone: HC

Non-steroidal: NSAID

Nitroglycerin: NTG

Phenobarbital: PB

Penicillin: PCN

Tetracycline: TCN

Triamcinolone: TAC

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Treatments That Must Be Avoided When Treating Them

No contrast dye: NO CT

Nothing by mouth: NPO

NO MRI

No chest x-rays: NO CXR

Basic life support OK: BLS

Do not intubate: DNI

Do not resuscitate: DNR

Don’t hospitalize: DNH

Do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation: DNACPR

Surgeries and Operations They’ve Had Done

Intrauterine device in place: IUD

Bilateral total knee replacement: BTKR

Total hip replacement: THR

Total knee replacement: TKR

Coronary artery bypass graft surgery: CABG

Carry Your Medical History with You Wherever You Go