Rider Identification card

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by TorontoDude, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. Spud99

    Spud99 Been here awhile

    Jan 10, 2006
    I took a colour photocopy of my drivers license, wrote my contact and medical details on the back of it and had it laminated at a copy shop. I wer this around my neck on a lanyard when skiing or biking.
  2. ! Danimal !

    ! Danimal ! --Dan--

    Apr 18, 2011
    Altoona, WI
    All in all if you end up in a hospital in the US, they will type and screen you as soon as you roll in the door or give you O- if it is emergent and needed before then. Same goes for our flight and advanced medic services. However in worst case scenario it is a good thing to have your blood type posted because in an emergency (mainly outside the US and probably Canada) having an idea of someone's blood type opens up a few more options in the case of mass transfusions or unavailability of matched/O- blood. (this does happen in the US too, just not often) For what it's worth, for the space on the card. I would keep it there. It's never going to hurt you, there is a remote chance that it can and will help you. Especially in remote area's!

    Also, as previously argued medical personnel will give you medicine they believe will help you regardless of whether allergies are known or unknown. It all comes down to risk vs. benefit. If you know an allergy exist you can avoid it. However you certainly aren't going to withhold a life saving drug because there is a remote chance they may be allergic True life-threatening allergies are rare.

    (and I am a medical professional... :deal )
  3. NoDirt4Me

    NoDirt4Me Been here awhile

    Jan 18, 2007
    Central Oklahoma
    The "ICE Device" is a handy little way to have emergency info on you.


  4. jbhawley

    jbhawley WTF- Gus?

    Apr 5, 2008
    Kenly NC
    I have two one-piece riding suits. Aerostich Roadcrafter and Teiz Mojave Mesh. Each has their own uniqueness, so to speak, as far a placement of pockets. I wanted a method to attach a Emergency Medical Information pocket on each suit. The RC has a couple strips of velco that allowed me to have a custom pocket made in red cordura with embroidery. I just keep the ID pocket attached.



    The Teiz suit has a sleeve pocket built in. I added a red ID label.


    Within each I keep an old drivers license, my medical info with contacts, allergies, doctor, insurance info, blood type, etc,etc. Plus I have an encrypted USB thumb drive that I have stored scans of my important "papers" in case my wallet is lost/stolen. At least I will have the numbers and what-not to call if needed and the acct numbers of said items.

  5. ScooterboyII

    ScooterboyII Adventurer

    Dec 13, 2011
    I went with the Medic Alert dog tag thingy/wallet card. It costs more, but it has a phone # they can call or a web page they can look up to see what meds you take and past medical history.
  6. Forty Years Ago

    Forty Years Ago I'm not an alcoholic.

    Jun 27, 2006
    Los Gatos, CA
  7. Kissy_Liz_1977

    Kissy_Liz_1977 Live Spherically

    Jun 22, 2012
    St. Charles, MO (AKA the armpit of the world)
    I keep my info in a pouch that wraps around my chin strap. I got it from www.rescuefacts.com. I think it's pretty handy, and it actually makes the strap on my helmet more comfortable than it was before.

    While it's true that blood type isn't likely to be used by medical personnel because they'll type you anyway, and they may or may not care about what medications I'm taking or allergies I have, I feel better knowing that the information is handy just in case. A few EMTs that I know say that although they don't depend heavily on the info, they do find it helpful to have. After all if they have a choice of medication A or B and they already know you're allergic to A, they can just give you B instead and keep you from having a reaction.

    My emergency contact info is obviously important, so that's in that little pouch too as well as my name, address, D.O.B., weight (if I need drugs, I want to be sure to get enough of them!) a face shot of myself, and physical description. I also tucked in there my signed release that says I'm an organ donor (so if I won't be needing them, go ahead and take 'em). I know most of that is on my driver's license already, but I usually keep my license in the zippered pocket on my arm, and if I get into a crash, who knows where that arm may end up! (morbid, I know).

    When you get right down to it, mostly I keep all that stuff handy not for my own benefit, but for others. I hate the thought of my family not knowing if I was hurt (or dead), or that any usable organs I may have to donate don't get used because they couldn't contact my family to get permission.
  8. max384

    max384 Bandaided

    Nov 23, 2011
    Hazleton, PA
    Great idea.

    I didn't read all of the posts, so maybe this has been repeated...

    I would also add current medications to your information. There are many drug interactions that could prove to be quite deleterious or even deadly. While in nearly all first world countries (though not everywhere), they'll type your blood, regardless of what a card says, the only way they'll know what medications you're on is if you have it written down somewhere or you tell them. If you don't take any meds, it's not as big of a deal, but it's still not a bad idea to put 'none' down so at least they know.

    I used to have a sticker pouch on my helmet that I got from doing track days that had my info on it. It got scraped off when I wrecked and I never put a new one on my new helmet. This is a good reminder to do that.