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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Vital Vial

Vial-of-Life is a program that was started by Forsyth County EMS in the spring of 2000. Its purpose is to make important information readily available to emergency services responders in the event of a medical emergency. It contains personal demographic information (name, date of birth, etc.) as well as current medications, allergies, and medical history. This information is vital in an emergency and not always available. There is also information concerning an individual's primary physician and hospital preference. The Vial-of-Life is able to "speak" for you when you may not be able to.

The Vial-of-Life is a small cup with a lid that has a brightly colored identification sticker on the outside, inside there is a form you fill out listing the above mentioned information. We ask that you place the cup in your refrigerator, since most everyone has one and it is easy to find. There are also 2 small stickers in the "Vial-of-Life" to place on your front and back door to alert responders to your participation in this program. When responders arrive they will know where to look for needed information, even if you are unable to tell them.

Cost: FREE

more information
Forsyth County E.M.S.

edit, 6:10 PM: Prompted by an email from a friend, I have written mine.

"Gets a caffeine headache if fails to imbibe coffee by 8 am. Allergic to bees, penicillin, and her mother-in-law*. If dead, call Hooper's, because they write the rockingest obituaries."

* This is not a joke. Seriously, I had to go to the ER for this.
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