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Old 10-22-2009, 09:09 AM
 
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Another important matter for those living alone (and for others as well!). Your community likely has either a Vial of Life or a File of Life program.

Durham County, where I live now, has Vial of Life. Montgomery County, MD, from where I recently moved, had File of Life.

Vial-of-Life is a program that was started by Durham County EMS in the spring of 2002. Its purpose is to make important information readily available to emergency responders in the event of a medical emergency during which a patient is unable to communicate. It contains information that helps paramedics determine if a patient is on medications or has medical conditions as they enter a home and there is no one to answer vital questions on behalf of the patient. This information is vital in an emergency and not always available. There is also information concerning an individual’s physician. The Vial-of-Life is able to “speak” for you when you may not be able to.



suggest you look into it in your community (county?). I plan to pick mine up today.
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