Advocacy & Safety - What info to put on Road ID?
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07-20-09, 09:05 PM
I plan on getting a Road ID (either wrist or ankle) and I can't decide what to put on it. My name is definitely going on line one (John K. Doe) followed by my city, state and coutry (Richmond, VA USA). Then a home phone number(HOME xxx-xxx-xxxx). That's when it gets tough. I think I'll put two cell phone numbers as follows "xxx-xxx-xxxx / xxx-xxxx" with the same area code. That should cover all contact info, assuming the paramedics will call the two un-named numbers on the next line if they don't get a reply on the home phone.
So far that is:
JOHN K. DOE
RICHMOND, VA USA
555-333-9898 / 333-8787
And then I don't know what to list. I have no know drug allergies and I think listing blood type would be a good idea. And maybe DOB but I don't know if I should combine all that on one line, and if so how to separate it, or if I should put one thing on each line.
07-20-09, 10:19 PM
There have been a number of posts on this and the answer is usually "it depends".
Boomerang tags (http://www.boomerangtags.com/page.php?c=military&k=h) engraves both sides, and mine still look good after a years worth of use.
07-20-09, 11:02 PM
I've got my name, town of residence, nationality (I live overseas. Perhaps someone might call the embassy?), wife's number, sister's number, work number, blood type, organ donor.
With the extra numbers it might make sense to list who might be answering, just so the person making the call saves a few seconds by having a picture in their head what they are going to say. I've simply written "Wife 000000000, Sister 000000000, Work 000000000".
A lot of people in this town put their ID numbers (sort of like a passport number - residents in Hong Kong all get one) on them. This means any government department (like the police) can get a full and proper set of details on you ASAP.
07-21-09, 10:26 AM
Bicycle serial number
07-22-09, 07:05 PM
And that is useful how?
I can fit all the phone numbers and I guess they will just assume I have no known drug allergies and I can put my blood type.
07-22-09, 07:23 PM
07-23-09, 08:57 AM
If you have no pertinent medical history and no allergies, why bother? I rarely carry ID with me, just a finif for coffee & bagel. Don't really see the need for anything else. If I were to carry ID, I'd just go to the pet store, and have one made up on the machine there. Far cheaper. First responders rarely need to know a whole lot of data that has to be looked up. Are you breathing, are you bleeding, are you conscious?
07-23-09, 09:07 AM
. . . Are you breathing, are you bleeding, are you conscious?
That's the essential beginning but, especially with paramedic services, the more info the better even when, as in your case, it's all green light. Once you arrive unconscious in the ER, emergency contacts are especially handy. Insurance info should not matter but in some locations it certainly does.
(So far, I've been relying on my cell phone ICE entry, but pet shop here I come.)
Blood type is of no use. The consequences of safety medical personnel giving a person the wrong type is so severe, it is called death, no one will give anything other than O- with out medical conformation, your ID will not do that.
07-23-09, 11:30 AM
Name, SSN (well, maybe not, what with identity theft being all the rage), DOB, gas mask size, blood type, drug allergies, religious preference (in case you need to be buried :p ).
07-23-09, 01:16 PM
Wife's cell phone
Brother's cell phone (most likely donor match)
In my opinion, they don't need your hometown. Your home number is only worthwhile if there are usually people there. I want them to know my insurance so they know they're getting paid, I want them to notify my wife asap, and knowing I have asthma may help them to figure out why I'm unconscious.
Finally, I wear it around my neck, because they are sure to go there if I'm unconscious. I wouldn't expect anyone to look at my ankle, and although the wrist is also a good place, I don't like things on my wrist.
07-24-09, 08:00 AM
If you have no known allergies, put NKA on it. That will allow them greater range of treatment.
FWIW, I did buy a road ID a long time ago and still have it, but these days I just buy pet tags and put them on my shoelaces. They're $3.95 from loveyourpets.com.
FWIW, mine says:
City, State, USA
(wife's first name) xxx-xxx-xxxx cell
NKA - O *** BLOOD
DOB 1964 - Organ Donor
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