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Emergency Medical Services, Vial of Life
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The Vial of Life program is offered to those residents that suffer from medical disease and take medications on a daily basis. A form is provided on which the participant can list their medical history, medications taken on a daily basis, and any medication or other significant allergies. Other information can include the family doctor, cardiologist, or other specialist and the hospital of choice. The form is placed in a small medication sized container labeled “Vial of Life” and is stored in the refrigerator. A magnetic card is provided to attach to the outside of the refrigerator to indicate that the vial is inside. Although the vial does not require refrigeration, this location has been chosen as it is a nearly universal appliance within the home. Emergency responders can access the vial for critical information when the patient cannot speak for themselves.

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