Imagine that you are in an accident and alone. You might be traveling alone. You might be a student just arrived at college. Perhaps you just relocated to a new town or city. No family or friends around you. No one knows anything about you. You need quick medical help but you have allergies or other conditions and the EMTs or ER doctors do not know this. According to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine 80% of the time, this information HAS TO COME FROM THE PATIENT. More and more, the medical teams are searching for the patient’s cellphone that hopefully will have contact information, or better yet, medical information to help them treat effectively.

If you haven’t looked at medical apps for your phone, now might be the time. There are excellent apps for both iPhones and Android models. One of the apps for Android is called ICE Standard and has space for all the information pertinent to YOU. In addition to your phone book with an ICE prefix for folks you want notified, you can list allergies, medications, conditions - everything that will help to make treating you much more effective. And this app is free. Check out the Google PlayStore for more options.

If you have an iPhone, the app is called Medical ID. It is built into the iOS Health app on your phone. All you need to do is fill in the blanks. And there is a way to set this that information can be accessed even if your phone is locked. Updating in the future will also include permissions for organ donation.

It doesn’t take long to fill in the information. Everyone in your family should have this on their phones. It could make the difference between life and death.

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