Since emergencies happen at the most unexpected times, it is important to make sure you are always prepared. Would an EMT be able to figure out lifesaving information about you, if you were unconscious? Your blood type, health conditions and emergency contact are all things that need to be known as soon as possible if you are in need of medical assistance.
There are many ways you can have this information available for an emergency responder to get access to it; the most common is your cell phone. ICE, which stands for “In Case of Emergency” can be programmed into your phone as a contact number, so that EMT’s will know that by calling this person they can get all of the pertinent information about your medical history. Or, your smart phone will have several different apps that you can download for free to have on your home screen with all of your information listed right there. An example of an app is called “ICE Standard” available for both iPhones and Androids. It allows you to put in your contact information, allergies, medications, any conditions or medical devices you use, your blood type, insurance information, emergency contact and a spot for notes.
This poses a problem for smart phones that have a screen lock that requires a code, as EMTs would waste a lot of time trying to access this information. Another possibility would be to include this information on a card and keep it in a wallet or purse as a backup.
Emergencies can happen at any time, so take the time now to prepare for one. It doesn’t cost anything to store this information in something that you always have with you, and it could save your life!