Here are some products and services designed to help prepare you for the unexpected. Regardless which one you use, be sure to update medical information regularly. Outdated information may be more dangerous than none at all.
The Problem: Same as the E-HealthKEY; Most ambulances are not equipped with portable computers to access devices like these.
Be sure to include information on conditions that may leave you incapacitated. Depending on the state, jewelry may also be used to indicate end-of-life decisions.
Some jewelry is supported with databases that emergency workers can access.
The Problem: You have to wear it!
3. Wallet CardsAt home it's important to keep personal medical information handy. In your wallet or purse it doesn't need to be as detailed, but it does need to cover some basic information:
- Drug or food allergies
- Prescription medications
- Medical conditions
- Emergency contacts
The Problem: Ambulance personnel probably won't look in your wallet. More than likely, the card will be found at the hospital.
The Problem: Ambulance personnel may not look in your phone. They will, however, take your phone to the hospital where workers can call your emergency contact.
5. Vial of LifeThe Vial of Life Project is free to use and provides a form to fill out with medical information. The form is then placed on your refrigerator. A sticker is then placed on the front door to alert responders to the presence of the "vial" on the fridge.
The Problem: This method only works at home.
6. Scroll I.D.The Scroll I.D. is a low-tech version of the USB keychain devices. A small scroll with personal medical information is housed inside a keychain. It carries the same type of personal medical information as a wallet card. Identification issues are alleviated by putting the owner's picture on the scroll.
The Problem: This product is not as well known as the others above. Rescuers may not recognize this object as a medical information device. The manufacturer is working to increase awareness.