Abbreviations For Medical Alert Engraving

When deciding what information to engrave on your medical alert jewelry, it’s important to maximize the use of the space and communicate as much vital information as possible. In order to do this you might consider using a common abbreviation from the list below.

Please keep in mind that just because there may be abbreviations for some or all of your information does not mean you need to use them all. If space allows, spelling things out in full while using some abbreviations will help create context and make your custom ID easier to read and understand.


Atrial Fibrillation A-Fib
Allergy/Allergic To ALGY
Aortic Valve Replacement AVR
Aspirin ASA
Blood Pressure BP
Cancer CA
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
Cystic Fibrosis CF
Deep Vein Thrombosis DVT
Defibrillate/Defibrillation DEFIB
Diabetic Ketoacidosis DKA
Diabetes Mellitus DM
Diagnosis or Disease DX/DIAG
Discontinue D/C
Do Not Resuscitate DNR
Epinephrine EPI
Epinephrine Pen (auto-injector) EPIPEN
Erythromycin Ethylsuccinate EES
History HX
Hypertension HTN
In Case of Emergency ICE
Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus IDDM
Intravenous IV
Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura ITP
Medication(s)/Prescription(s) MED/MEDS/RX/RXS
Mitral Valve Prolapsed MVP
Nasogastric NG
No Known Allergies NKA
No Known Drug Allergies NKDA
Penicillin PCN
Tetracycline TCN
Tracheal/Tracheotomy TRACH
Transplant or Treatment TX (requires context-multiple uses)
Von Willebrand’s Disease VWD