Life Is Precious.
Every second counts. This statement is even more important in the midst of life-threatening situations. An ambulance soars past traffic, sirens screaming and lights flashing, the medical technicians race toward the home of a senior citizen. When they arrive, the senior is unconscious and they have few facts to go on. Does the patient have any existing conditions? Is he taking any medications? Does he have allergies?
The frightening scenario is all too common for senior citizens and the emergency medical teams who treat them. That is why the FILE OF LIFE, a mini-medical history posted on the outside of one's refrigerator was developed and is promoted by the United Way of the Concho Valley.
The FILE OF LIFE card enables medics to obtain a quick medical history when the patient is unable to offer one. The card, which is kept in a red plastic pocket labeled FILE OF LIFE, lists the patient's name, emergency medical contacts, insurance policy numbers, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, doctor's name and a health proxy. Another card can be obtained for an additional household member. The entire pocket is held, with a magnet, to the outside of the refrigerator.
Individuals who are 65 years of age or older, people with chronic health issues, and individuals who have sensory, physical or cognitive impairments, may obtain a FILE OF LIFE magnetic refrigerator holder and medical information card FREE OF CHARGE.
For more information or to obtain a FILE OF LIFE, please contact the United Way office at 949-3716.