"The Vial Of Life" For Emergency Information

My husband attended a meeting last week where the speaker gave them a tip about information to have in case of an emergency at home. I had never heard this before but thought it is a great idea.

It's called "The Vial of Life": In an empty medicine bottle labeled ICE (In Case of Emergency), keep a list of the names, SS#, dates of birth and who to contact (if you're alone), plus all medications including dosages, doctors' names and phone numbers, allergies and medical history for all persons in the household. Put this medicine bottle in the butter dish area inside your refrigerator. The speaker said that EMT's are trained to look there for the information.

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This is a great idea in case you were unconscious when needing help or needed help remembering the names of all medications at a stressful time. Just remember to keep the information updated in the fridge. It is a good idea to take this same information with you when you travel. It is on my to-do list.

By lavendergal from Delaware

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

I would warn against including your social security information, especially when traveling. if you are in an accident a lot of damage can be done while you are incapacitated and someone has this vital personal information

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

This is an excellent suggestion - I live alone and plan to fix up a similar bottle for my refrigerator. Thank you for sharing. God bless you!

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

If this becomes a widespread practice, it seems that thieves that break in to your house would know to look there also. With all that information they can easily steal your identity.

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July 12, 20070 found this helpful

I agree NO SSN. I heard of this several years ago. It is a good thing to do but be careful about personal info that can be used with ID theft. Only medical history, meds. and phone numbers of family or friends.

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

EMT's are also trained to look for your I.C.E. info on your cell phone. In the event you are injured in an auto accident and cannot speak for yourself, they will look through your cellphone list for I.C.E.

Add your I.C.E. info to your cellphone today...it COULD be necessary some day! I have a couple I.C.E. listed, one for my husband and one for my daughter.

God Bless,

Sheila in Titusville, FL

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

More than a year ago I was given an empty brown pill container that could hold asparagus spears it is so long and thin! This was sponsored jointly by the American Red Cross and our local CVS pharmacies. Inside they had a form for name, address, phone, etc for patient and responsible party. There is space for drugs being taken and current medical problems along with blood type and any allergies. Of course, doctors' names and all that are on there, too. The MOST important part of the 'kit' was a refrigerator magnet that is placed on the door (outside) at the location of the shelf or door space (inside) where you keep the container. The EMT won't have to search through food to find the vial. It would be a good idea to put some sort of notice on the fridge door as to where to find the info they need. Let's hope we never need to use these handy helpers, but let's also be prepared for the unexpected!

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

Hey, I saw this somewhere several monthes ago, maybe here, lol. But it said on your cell phone under your contacts put like HUSBAND instead of his name, MOM, DAD...so they would know who to call for emergencies. I thought it was a great idea. I also keyed in HOME in the phone.

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

This is a great idea, and I agree - no SS number. EMTs need this info ASAP to save your life.

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July 13, 20070 found this helpful

This is a great idea, and I agree - no SS number. EMTs need this info ASAP to save your life. And if you don't take any prescription drugs, I'd put that info in a container, so they know that too.

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September 25, 20070 found this helpful

ICE (In Case of Emergency) What I have done is to enter phone number into my cell phone of family members like ICE husbands name and contact number, ICE daughter #, son-in-law #, also out of town relatives ICE sister # w/the state area code in case there is an emergency in that area.

Remember if you have an emergency the rescue squad, or police will look for a cell phone and also search for ICE numbers.

So enter: ICE, the name of someone who knows you and will help in case of emergency. The relationship between the two of you like husband, dad, mother etc.

ICE BOB DAD HOME 239 555-5555 also another for DAD

ICE BOB DAD WORK 239 555-5545 etc.

I hope this helps

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