Last Updated: April 30, 2020
Every day here at Lauren’s Hope, we custom engrave medical ID jewelry. We engrave medical ID dog tags and medical alert bracelets and medical ID plaques and on and on. Some of them are rotary engraved for a discreet, tone-on-tone appearance. Most are premium laser engraved, as this process offers contrast for ease of reading. Some engravings are short, and some are long, and some are even funny or sweet or inspiring. But all of them have one thing in common: they have to be brief.
When engraving medical alert jewelry, it’s truly important to maximize your use of the space and communicate as much vital information as possible in the limited space available. That’s where common abbreviations come into play. Instead of typing the word, “allergy,” for instance, you might use the medical abbreviation for allergy, which is ALGY. The abbreviation for allergy, however, is an unusually easy one.
Fortunately, there are a great many very common medical abbreviations we see here on a daily basis. Our master engravers have compiled a list of the most frequently used abbreviations in the hope that it helps as you try to maximize the effectiveness of your engraving.
Or view the entire list below:
|Aortic Valve Replacement||AVR|
|Chronic Kidney Disease||CKD|
|Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease||COPD|
|Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia||CAH|
|Congestive Heart Failure||CHF|
|Coronary Artery Disease||CAD|
|Coronary Heart Disease||CHD|
|Deep Vein Thrombosis||DVT|
|Diagnosis or Disease||DX/DIAG|
|Do Not Resuscitate||DNR|
|Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)||EPIPEN|
|In Case of Emergency||ICE|
|Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus||IDDM|
|Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura||ITP|
|Mitral Valve Prolapsed||MVP|
|No Known Allergies||NKA|
|No Known Drug Allergies||NKDA|
|Transplant or Treatment||TX (requires context)|
|Von Willebrand’s Disease||VWD|
Once you have replaced those long diagnostic terms and medication names with common abbreviations, you’ll have more room to work with, which is great, because every medical ID should have, at a minimum, these basic pieces of information:
Any known allergies or the fact that you have none
Any key treatment considerations
At least one emergency contact number
Still not sure what to engrave on your medical alert jewelry? Give us a call at 1.800.360.8680! We will gladly help you find the best solution for your needs. We’re here in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.