Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about USPC Policy 0800.D which now allows members to wear a Medical Bracelet instead of the Medical Armband.  If you have any questions not covered here, please contact the Safety Committee Liaison.

Which form of medical and contact information can a Pony Club member wear?

USPC Policy 0080.D states that either a Medical armband or a Medical bracelet are required for ALL USPC events.

When are they required to wear either the armband or the bracelet?

Pony Club members are required to wear one type or the other for ALL USPC events; including meetings (mounted or unmounted), certifications, and/or competitions.

Is the Medical Bracelet with the six items of information in violation of HIPAA?

No, because the parent voluntarily provided the information and USPC is not a covered medical entity. If the parent is uncomfortable with having the information accessible, they should use the Medical armband. They do have the option of covering everything but the name with tape removable by the EMT or medical personnel. (For more information on health information privacy see the US Department of Health & Human Services website.

Are all six items required to be on the bracelet?

Yes, blank information is not acceptable. If there are no known allergies, then that item should read NKA or NKDA (for no known drug allergies). If there are no current medications or existing medical conditions those items should say NONE.

What if the Pony Club member does not have either form of medical/contact information?

As stated in Policy 0800.D, “Any member at a USPC affiliated mounted or unmounted activity found not wearing either an armband or bracelet must be removed from the activity until the member conforms to the policy requirements.”

What types of medical bracelets are available and satisfy the criteria established in USPC Policy?

Certain medical bracelets currently available in the equestrian community require internet accessibility. One contains a QR code which is read by a scanner on a smart phone/tablet. A second type uses a numeric identification code that is entered into a website to obtain medical information necessary in an emergency. The USPC policy requires the 6 items to be printed directly on the bracelet even if one of the two types is used. There are more basic bracelets with silicone, nylon web and leather bands, preferably with a breakaway aspect.

If the parent chooses to cover all but the name on the nameplate of a medical bracelet, who will have access to the information that is hidden by the tape?

The first responders, such as an EMT or other medical personnel, should have access to this information. If it were incomplete, missing or wrong they would not have the information necessary to effectively treat the Pony Club member. If a parent chooses to use a medical bracelet, they should make every attempt to have the current and accurate information.

Where do I purchase a Medical Bracelet?

There are several companies that carry medical ID bracelets. The best way to find one that works for you, your family, and budget is to Google the phrase "medical bracelets for riding". This will give you many options for different bands and price points. Any company is acceptable as long as they are able to put the 6 items of information Pony Club requires on the bracelet.