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Frequently Asked Questions

Engraving

What should I engrave on my medical ID?

It is important to engrave the pertinent information that would be helpful to an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or other first responder in the event that you are unable to communicate for yourself.

We recommend you engrave:
Your First and Last Name
Medical Condition(s)
Treatment Considerations
Food and Drug Allergies
Emergency Contact Number with area code

  • When listing a medication, be sure to indicate whether you are taking this medication or are allergic to it. EG: ON STEROIDS vs STEROID ALLERGY
  • ICE is recognized as an abbreviation for “In Case of Emergency” and is commonly listed before your emergency phone number instead of a name.

Feel free to call us at 1.800.360.8680, and we will be happy to help you with your engraving.

For more information and sample engravings, please visit our Engraving Info page.

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How do I abbreviate my engraving?

Here are some common abbreviations:

ALGY/ALGYS - Allergy/Allergies
AVR - Aortic Valve Replacement
ASA - Aspirin
A-FIB - Atrial Fibrillation
BP - Blood Pressure
CA - Cancer
CKD - Chronic Kidney Disease
COPD - Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CHF - Coronary Heart Disease
CF - Cystic Fibrosis
DEFIB - Defibrillator/Defibrillation
DVT - Deep Vein Thrombosis
DNR - Do Not Resuscitate
EPI - Epinephrine
EPIPEN - Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector)
HBP - High Blood Pressure
HTN - Hypertension
ICE - In Case of Emergency
IV - Intravenous
MVP - Mitral Valve Prolapse
NKA - No Known Allergies
NKDA - No Known Drug Allergies
NO NSAIDS - No Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
PCN - Penicillin
T1D/T2D - Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes
TCN - Tracheotomy
TX - Transplant or Treatment
VWD - Von Willebrand’s Disease

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Can I add or edit info on my engraved jewelry?

Once engraved, we cannot edit information on an engraved piece of jewelry. Engraving is a permanent process that cannot be edited.
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Can I add Premium Laser Engraving to my previously engraved jewelry?

Standard Etched and Premium Laser Engraving are done on separate types of machines. Therefore, laser engraving cannot be added after an item has been etch engraved.
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Can an engraved piece of jewelry be returned or exchanged?

No, once an item has been engraved, it cannot be returned or exchanged.
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Sizing & Resizing

How do I know what size to order?

We test every med ID bracelet to determine how to provide the best fit for that particular style. For this reason, we ask that you review the sizing instructions provided on the product page for your chosen style before ordering. In most cases, we simply ask for your snug wrist measurement. Not sure how to measure your wrist accurately? Visit our Measuring Guide for tips!


Did you know?
You may own several LH med ID bracelets, all sized for your exact wrist measurement, and they will likely vary in size when laid out straight. This is because every bracelet design lays and fits a little differently, and we accommodate for that when filling your order. That’s why we always ask for your snug wrist measurement rather than asking for your bracelet size or asking for the length of a previously purchased style: so we can give you just the right fit every time.

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How do I measure my wrist?

Using a soft measuring tape (dressmaker’s tape), take a snug measurement of your wrist starting at the 0.

Don’t have a soft measuring tape? In a pinch, you can use a piece of string or even dental floss, wrap that around your wrist, and then lay it against a flat ruler to determine your wrist size.

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What size should I order?

We’ll custom size your bracelet for a fit that’s not too tight or too loose.

  • Snugly measure your wrist.
  • Select your wrist size from the dropdown menu.
  • We’ll add the appropriate length to create a comfortable fit.
If you’re ordering an interchangeable style, you will need to follow these steps whether you need a bracelet with a tag OR the bracelet portion only.
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My bracelet doesn't fit. Can it be resized?

Absolutely. Swap your unworn med ID for a different size of the same style within the first 30 days. Jeweler service fees are waived. We will charge your card on file for associated return shipping and handling fees.

Need it larger but don't want to send it in?
Email info@laurenshope.com to see what complimentary parts may be available to prevent you from having to send your bracelet in for resize.

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How do I send a bracelet in to be resized?

1. If your medical ID tag is removable, take it off and send the bracelet strand only. If the tag is affixed, do not try to remove it.

2. Print and complete the Resize Service Request Form and enclose it in a PADDED MAILER with your Lauren's Hope product. Do not send product in a letter envelope. There is a chance the product could fall out or be damaged in the mail if it is not in a padded mailer.

PLEASE NOTE: Lauren's Hope is not responsible for lost or damaged incoming shipments; we encourage you to properly pack, track, and insure your package.

3. Send the item to:
Lauren’s Hope
℅ Resizing
1425 Swift St.
Suite 100
North Kansas City, MO 64116

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Payment

What methods of payment do you accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.

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Do you accept flexible spending account (FSA) cards?

Yes, Lauren’s Hope Medical ID Jewelry is pleased to accept FSA and HSA debit cards for your convenience. Have an FSA or HSA account without an associated debit card? No problem. When you order your medical ID with Lauren’s Hope, we will enclose an itemized receipt with your purchase, which you can send to your account manager for reimbursement consideration.

*Please note that account parameters vary, and we cannot guarantee that your account manager will reimburse you.

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Shipping & Tracking

What methods of shipping do you offer?

We offer several shipping options for your convenience.

Shipping Method Estimated Delivery Price
USPS First Class 10-14 business days $7.95
USPS Priority 2-5 business days $15.00
FedEx Standard Overnight 1 business day $40.00
USPS International First Class 14-21 business days $20.00
USPS International Priority 7-14 business days $45.00

Please note that we ship Monday through Friday. We do not ship on the weekends.

All expedited orders placed after 1pm central time are shipped the next business day. If you order after 1pm central time on Friday, over a weekend, or on a holiday and select an expedited shipping method, your order will be processed the next business day.

*Customs and duties are the recipient's responsibility.

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Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we ship internationally via the USPS.

Please note, all charges are in US dollars, and customs and duties are the recipient's responsibility.

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When can I expect my order?

Shipping times for your order depend on the shipping method chosen at checkout. Please see the table below or visit our Order Tracking page for more information.

Shipping Method Estimated Delivery Price
USPS First Class 10-14 business days $7.95
USPS Priority 2-5 business days $15.00
FedEx Standard Overnight 1 business day $30.00
USPS International First Class 14-21 business days $20.00
USPS International Priority 7-14 business days $45.00
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Can I expedite my order?

Absolutely, in order to expedite your order, please select USPS Priority or FedEx Standard Overnight at checkout.
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Can I track my order?

Yes, to track the progress of your order, please use our Order Tracking feature.
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Repairs & Warranty

Can I exchange my product for a different item?

Engraved items are ineligible for exchange or return.

You may exchange your like-new, unworn, non-engraved items for a different style within the first 30 days.

Fees and Credits
We will issue a credit or charge if there is a price difference between your items. Additionally, we will charge your card on file for associated return shipping and handling fees.

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Does my jewelry have a warranty?

We warranty our products against defects for one year.

Exclusions and Limitations

  • We do not warranty against scratches or dents, as they are considered normal wear and tear. We do not warranty against theft, loss, or chemical exposure.
  • Caduceus and paint/inlay/patina: The caduceus symbols and any paint/color fill on our metal pieces are conditionally warrantied for one year. Exposure to harsh chemicals, intentional damage, and/or abnormal wear will void your warranty.

Repair services are warrantied for 30 days.

To request a Warranty Repair, please package your medical ID bracelet strand only (keep your medical ID tag if it is not affixed to your bracelet strand, and please put broken bracelet pieces into a zip-top baggie) in a PADDED MAILER, and ship it to the address below along with our Warranty Service Request Form.

Ship to:
Lauren’s Hope
ATTN: REPAIRS
1425 Swift St.
Suite 100
North Kansas City, MO 64116

POST-WARRANTY SERVICES
For bracelets over one year old, Jeweler Services are available for $25 plus shipping and handling. There may be additional costs based on the number and condition of the parts returned.

Due to the custom nature of our products, we unfortunately cannot hold parts for all styles indefinitely. If we no longer have the parts to repair your bracelet, we will return it to you. To find out if an older bracelet is repairable, please email info@laurenshope.com with your name, mailing address, and any identifying order information you may have.

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My bracelet is broken. Can you repair it?

We warranty our products against defects for one year.

Exclusions and Limitations

  • We do not warranty against scratches or dents, as they are considered normal wear and tear. We do not warranty against theft, loss, or chemical exposure.
  • Caduceus and paint/inlay/patina: The caduceus symbols and any paint/color fill on our metal pieces are conditionally warrantied for one year. Exposure to harsh chemicals, intentional damage, and/or abnormal wear will void your warranty.

Repair services are warrantied for 30 days.

To request a Warranty Repair, please package your medical ID bracelet strand only (keep your medical ID tag if it is not affixed to your bracelet strand, and please put broken bracelet pieces into a zip-top baggie) in a PADDED MAILER, and ship it to the address below along with our Warranty Service Request Form.

Ship to:
Lauren’s Hope
ATTN: REPAIRS
1425 Swift St.
Suite 100
North Kansas City, MO 64116

POST-WARRANTY SERVICES
For bracelets over one year old, Jeweler Services are available for $25 plus shipping and handling. There may be additional costs based on the number and condition of the parts returned.

Due to the custom nature of our products, we unfortunately cannot hold parts for all styles indefinitely. If we no longer have the parts to repair your bracelet, we will return it to you. To find out if an older bracelet is repairable, please email info@laurenshope.com with your name, mailing address, and any identifying order information you may have.

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How do I send my jewelry in for repair?

To request a Warranty Repair, please package your medical ID bracelet strand only (keep your medical ID tag if it is not affixed to your bracelet strand, and please put broken bracelet pieces into a zip-top baggie) in a PADDED MAILER, and ship it to the address below along with our Warranty Service Request Form.

Ship to:
Lauren’s Hope
ATTN: REPAIRS
1425 Swift St.
Suite 100
North Kansas City, MO 64116

POST-WARRANTY SERVICES
For bracelets over one year old, Jeweler Services are available for $25 plus shipping and handling. There may be additional costs based on the number and condition of the parts returned.

Due to the custom nature of our products, we unfortunately cannot hold parts for all styles indefinitely. If we no longer have the parts to repair your bracelet, we will return it to you. To find out if an older bracelet is repairable, please email info@laurenshope.com with your name, mailing address, and any identifying order information you may have.

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Can I return a product for a refund?

Like new, unengraved items can be returned within 30 days of purchase. Engraved items and shipping/handling fees are not eligible for refund. Please allow up to five (5) business days for your exchange or return to be processed and any credits to be issued to your credit card provider.
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General

Can I wear my bracelet in the shower or pool?

Lauren’s Hope carries medical ID jewelry in a variety of styles and materials, some of which are more water-friendly than others.

All of our jewelry is appropriate for hand-washing and showering, although sterling silver is less prone to tarnish when kept dry.

Beaded, sterling, and macrame (cotton and leather) bracelets are not appropriate for wear in pools and hot tubs. For this type of water wear, we highly recommend stainless steel, paracord, and silicone medical ID jewelry.

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Who needs to wear a medical ID?

Custom engraving means every ID works for you. Choose the style you prefer, and we will engrave it with your medical information.

Click here to read more.

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Which medical ID is right for me?

It’s important to note that every custom-engravable medical ID is just that: custom engravable. That means the same Lauren’s Hope medical ID will work whether you need a medical ID for diabetes, lymphedema, gastric bypass, or any other condition.

95% of first responders report they check the neck and both wrists of unresponsive patients, so despite the type of medical ID you choose, in an emergency, your medical ID may advocate for you.

Interchangeable medical ID bracelets: When you opt for an interchangeable medical ID, you’re purchasing a bracelet strand with lobster clasps at both ends and a removable medical ID tag. You can purchase multiple strands and continue using the same medical ID tag. If any of your personal information changes, you can simply replace the custom-engraved medical ID tag.

Traditional medical ID bracelets: Non-interchangeable or traditional medical IDs have affixed medical ID tags for an all-in-one solution.

Medical ID Cuffs: Cuffs are extremely easy to wear. Pull gently to open, put it on, and squeeze tighter for just the right fit every time. Cuffs are an excellent option for people who experience swelling of the extremities, those with dexterity challenges, and those who have had bariatric surgery and are looking for the ultimate in adjustability.

Medical ID necklaces and custom-engravable dog tags: Sometimes, people simply prefer medical ID necklaces to bracelets. Other times, people choose necklaces because they cannot wear bracelets in the workplace.

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Why do I need a medical ID?

Over 60 million Americans have a medical condition which should be immediately known by first responders in the event of an emergency. EMT and first responders are trained to look for a medical alert. Medical identification alerts first responders to your vital medical information as well as your name and emergency contact information. With proper medical identification, a first responder may be made aware of your condition, providing the information that may assist them in treating you properly.

If you are a caregiver, then you should also wear a medical ID to alert emergency personnel of your loved one who needs attention. Let your medical identification jewelry speak for you when you can't.

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Do you have a catalog or printed brochure?

We invite individuals, charities, and other organizations to join our Brochure Ambassador program. We will send you a batch of Lauren’s Hope brochures to share with your network.

For medical professionals, we have a separate program with auto-refill mailings, which you can learn about and sign up for here.

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What are your hours?

We are open from 8:00am to 4:30pm (Central) Monday - Friday.
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Who is Lauren?

Lauren Philips is the company’s namesake. Lauren’s Hope was founded when Lauren, then 13, refused to wear an unattractive, traditional medical ID bracelet for her Type 1 Diabetes. Her mom reached out to a friend who made jewelry, asking for a pretty custom bracelet for Lauren, and the rest is history.

You can read more about Lauren’s story here.

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Where are you located?

We are located in North Kansas City, Missouri.

1425 Swift St.
Suite 100
North Kansas City, MO 64116

1.800.360.8680

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