Would you be able to give an accurate summary of medical information for yourself or a family member in case of an emergency?
The File of Life is an excellent tool for recording vital medical information ahead of time to help emergency personnel begin proper treatment as quickly as possible. Forms are free and available at the township building.
How the File of Life Works
The File of Life is a concise form for recording medical history, allergies and medications. The form is stored in a small, red folder with a magnet to be placed on the refrigerator, where emergency personnel know to look for it. According to Nancy Langerfeld, a 40-year member of Whitemarsh Ambulance, the File of Life provides a treatment guide to what may be wrong and gives a big clue how to best treat a patient. The File of Life is important for people without medical conditions, also, because "knowing what they don’t have can be as important as what they do have."
"If the information is there and it’s updated, with updated being the magic word, the File of Life is a great tool," said Ms. Langerfeld. It is especially helpful for individuals living alone who may not be able to speak for themselves and for children who are allergic to bee stings or have peanut allergies. "Information is kept confidential. It is shared only with other people involved in a patient’s care," noted Ms. Langerfeld.
For more information or to pick up your free File of Life kit, contact the township at 610-825-3535.