File of Life
What is a File of Life?
File of Life is a tool that was created by firefighter / paramedics in response to an extensive need they found in the community. It was originally created for residents in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and retirement homes but can easily be used for any and all ages. It is a red magnetic vinyl pocket with a folded card inside. The card contains a place to put important personal medical information and is placed on your refrigerator, readily visible for paramedics and first responders to find. There is also a perforated, detachable portion to place in your wallet or purse.
Where Did It Come From?
The firefighter / paramedics identified the need because many times when they would respond to 911 calls, they were not able to give expedient patient care due to not having any necessary health history and pertinent information about the patient such as allergies to medications, history of diabetes or cardiac disease and any medications they were currently taking.
All of these factors are extremely important when it comes to treating patients properly. All too often that information is not immediately available for various reasons. File of Life is a tool that can eliminate this problem and enable the McKinney Fire Department to provide care to each individual in a timely manner with all the necessary information at their fingertips.
The firefighter / paramedics know to look for the File of Life when responding to private homes, assisted living facilities and retirement communities.
How Can I Get One?
If you are a citizen of McKinney, you can request one for free courtesy of McKinney Fire Department. Complete the form and submit it by email or apply by calling 972-547-2850. Please allow two weeks for delivery by mail.