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Military Style Dog Tags
« on: March 19, 2010, 06:39:52 AM »
Does anyone else have a pair of these items?

Yes, I know it might be going a bit too far, but the situation might arise where either in the most severe case, you do happen to pass away while on tour. There is of course the element of being caught in any natural disaster, loosing all your gear, and suffering injusy that could either prevent you from remembering who you are, or you could be comatose.

My dog tags have my Full 'Legal' Name, D.O.B, Country of Origin, Passport Number, and of course blood group.

It may be an overkill, but I think it is just another way of trying to cover another one of those less thought out contingency plans.

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Re: Military Style Dog Tags
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2010, 09:29:51 AM »
I saw some people using Road ID I guess it is not a bad idea...
« Last Edit: March 20, 2010, 08:20:19 AM by Stephane »


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Re: Military Style Dog Tags
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2010, 08:04:10 AM »
This topic was discussed a while ago at  Some things mentioned are name, phone number of emergency contact, date of birth, medicines taken, medical conditions, do you wear contacts, blood type, among others.

I wear one and have my medical insurance number, two people to call, the medicines I take, to donate all my body organs and my name and address.

Several people pointed out that doctors test for blood type and tend not to believe what is printed.

Also, you need to wear this around your neck, not leave it in your wallet or put it on your bike.

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Re: Military Style Dog Tags
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 10:22:02 AM »
It is true that in Western countries the medical staff won't trust 100% the blood type given on these identification tags and they certainly won't give you a transfusion by relying only on the information contained on these tags. 

However, if you have a rare blood type (like AB-, AB+, A-, B-) and depending on where you are, informing the doctor in charge right from the beginning of your uncommon blood type can allow him to order blood in advance (this can be done on the way to the ER). So, when your blood group comes back from the lab, the blood will be ready right away for transfusion (sometimes they have to get it from another medical facility further away). If they have to, they can give you O- blood, but it is always better to get blood that matches you blood type.

Also, it might be even more helpful in developing countries if no lab tests are available (you never know, you might need it on the day the machine is down!).

So, the bottom line is, it is always a good thing to have your blood type on you (on your bike, in your car, etc.).
« Last Edit: March 22, 2010, 07:47:23 PM by Stephane »
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