Download a File of Life form HERE.
*If you would like a refrigerator magnet sleeve, please contact the Community Education Specialist at (913) 715-1981.
When Seconds Count…
Paramedics at Johnson County MED-ACT are prepared to respond to your home any time you are faced with sudden illness or injury, but have you done everything you can to prepare? Will you be able to communicate your past medical history, the list of medications you are taking and any life threatening allergies you may have? What happens when the illness or injury prevents you from being able to do so?
This frightening scenario is all too common, so Johnson County MED-ACT has made the File of Life available to our citizens at no charge. This simple tool allows patients to post a “mini medical history” via magnet on their refrigerator so paramedics have somewhere to look for this critical information.
The front of the form contains demographic information and communicates patient preferences including hospital of choice and whether or not an Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate form exists for the patient. The back of the form is where the patient can document the prescription medications they take, any current medical conditions they have, and medication allergies paramedics will need to know about. The form is then folded and placed in this magnet pocket for display on the refrigerator.
Here are just a few scenarios to consider:
- Knowing that a patient is taking blood thinners such as Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa (dabigatran), or Plavix is critical for patients who have sustained a traumatic injury or may be suffering from a stroke.
- Unconscious diabetic patients can be treated more efficiently and perhaps even avoid a trip to the hospital if their history of diabetes is documented.
- Medication allergies can be life threatening, so sharing that information with paramedics helps prevent unnecessary complications during the course of treatment.
Chances are there is something about your medical history or current medical status Paramedics would need to know.