Emergency medical workers called to a home where a victim is alone can lose precious minutes trying to gather information about the person’s medications, allergies and illnesses. “Vial of LIFE” kits can help.
In 2008 the Medic One Foundation teamed up with Bartell Drugs to implement the Vial of L.I.F.E. program in King and Snohomish Counties. This program is designed to provide vital information to first responders in emergency situations. Thus, the acronym L.I.F.E. stands for “Lifesaving Information for Emergencies.”
Use of the Vial can benefit seniors and disabled individuals and is invaluable in medical emergencies when no one is able to communicate with the responders.
Each Vial of L.I.F.E. kit includes:
- A medical information form, on which you fill out such information as medical conditions, current medications, emergency contacts, insurance, and hospital preference. (It is important to keep the form up to date.)
- A five inch plastic vial. You place the completed medical form in the vial and then place it on the top shelf inside your refrigerator door. The vial is large enough to hold a copy of your durable power of attorney for health care and/or pre-hospital do-not-resuscitate form.
- A Wallet Card.
- A Vial of L.I.F.E. sticker, to be placed on the front door of your home or an adjacent window.
- A Vial of L.I.F.E. magnet to be placed on the outside of your refrigerator. The sticker and magnet inform emergency responders that you have a completed Vial of L.I.F.E.
- Instructions regarding use of the Vial.
The Vial of L.I.F.E. is available for purchase for $1.00 at Bartell Drug stores in King and Snohomish counties, generally in the pharmacy department. Persons with questions about the Vial of L.I.F.E. or non-residents of King and Snohomish counties who desire to obtain a vial should contact the Medic One Foundation through their web site or by phone at (206) 744-9425.
Projects similar to the Vial of L.I.F.E. are in existence in communities throughout the nation. The Bellevue Network on Aging and the Kirkland Senior Council have helped with the distribution of vials and publicity for the program in Bellevue and Kirkland. If you are interested in starting a program in your community, contact the Medic One Foundation at 206-744-9425.