Road ID - A Lifesaver for Everyone
You're out for your morning run when a careless driver hits you as you cross the street. You're running, so you have nothing on you - including identification. What will happen now?
Will EMS be able to contact your family? Will the correct treatment be delayed because of a lack of information (i.e. blood transfusion)? Will a dangerous medication be administered because EMS didn't know about an allergy?
Identification for All
That's where the Road ID comes in.
The Road ID is a simple ID that is made as a wrist ID, dog tags, shoe tag, or ankle ID - with the information YOU choose to include. You can even buy the interactive version so that it's always up-to-date (great for people who anticipate changing information - such as those who move frequently for work).
I recently purchased a Road ID slim after seeing a cyclist friend with one. It reminded me a bit of the ID I had when I was little that included my date of birth, contact information for my parents, and my blood type in case of an emergency. The concept makes so much sense. I wore one as a kid because I may not be able to give that important information to an adult in the case of an emergency. But the truth is, even as an adult I may not be able to give that information during an emergency - due to loss of consciousness, confusion, head injury, or dehydration.
This simple ID could save your life. Do you have a food or medication allergy? What about a medical condition (diabetes, heart murmur, asthma, etc)? Even if you're in perfect health, how would EMS know whom to contact in the case of an emergency? With the Road ID, your information is right there on your wrist for EMS.
Don't wait until it's too late.
Wrist ID sport - cloth band with velco
Wrist ID elite - silicone band with watch-style buckle
Wrist ID slim - silicone band that comes in 5 sizes for a perfect fit! (There's even a size for toddlers so you can have Road IDs on the whole family). Metal ID plate is compatible with "cause" bands - such as the Livestrong bands.
Shoe ID - threads under your shoelaces for instant ID added to any pair of shoes.
FIXX ID - classic dog tag style. Reverse side is customizable as well.
Ankle ID - larger version of wrist ID sport to strap on your ankle.
Shoe pouch ID - pouch that attaches by shoelaces for storage for house key, money, etc.
Scout ID - an ID for your dog's collar.
What to put on the ID
My Road ID has my name, DOB, emergency contact, allergy info, blood type, and says that I'm an organ donor. All of this information could be crucial in saving my life or in saving the lives of others through organ donation.
The Road ID website has some great suggestions about what information to include - and what NOT to include. They even have a list of common medical abbreviations for allergies and conditions.