Emergency preparedness with File of Life
There’s nothing like the flashing lights of a police car or ambulance to get your attention—that’s the point, of course. But we’d all prefer if those bright, glaring lights were never parked outside of our house or the house of a loved one. Unfortunately, health crises that require emergency attention aren’t always within our control, particularly as we get older. But there is a measure you can take to provide peace of mind for yourself, family, and friends. It’s called a File of Life.
In Case of Emergency
For just a moment, picture those flashing lights outside of your home or the home of a loved one. Having received an emergency call, paramedics and first responders come rushing into the house, ready to help. They find you or a loved one in medical crisis.
When emergency services respond to a health crisis they’ll pepper you with questions about medications, health conditions and medical history. This allows them to cater their treatment specifically to you. But emergency situations can be frightening and your ability to answer their questions may be impeded when you’re incapacitated or in shock.
If you or a loved one are unable to respond to emergency professionals (or simply can’t remember the long, complicated name of a medication), first responders are left with incomplete information, which may leave you with uninformed treatment. And that could influence your ability to bounce back from a health scare. Providing accurate, up-to-date medical information helps keep you safe in a serious medical situation.
File of Life
You may be surprised to know that one of the first places emergency professionals look for medical information (after they’ve stopped questioning you, of course) is on your fridge or, even more surprisingly, in your freezer. They’re looking for your File of Life.
A File of Life is an easily accessible document that gives emergency responders the information they need to provide the best treatment. It’s a little red plastic envelope that holds a sheet of paper with spaces for personal and medical information. The envelope has a magnet on the back so it sticks to your refrigerator and is ready to be snatched up in an emergency.
Having a File of Life completed can help you, friends, and family feel assured that you’re ready in case of a health crisis. Aside from occasional updating, you and your loved ones can leave the File of Life stuck to the fridge without worry. And your preparedness doesn’t have to be limited to your house, as a File of Life is easily stashed in a car, purse, or bag while on the go.
Imagine again that you or your loved one are back in that emergency situation. But this time, you have a File of Life ready and waiting on the fridge. As a result, the first responders have easy access to all your medical information and can treat you accordingly. And once you’ve been treated, it’s easy to pop your File of Life back up on your fridge in case you need it again.
Take charge of your safety today. Fill out the form below or call us at (303) 443-1933 to request a free File of Life for yourself or for a loved one.
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