File of Life

A National Program

Have you ever had to call 911, or do you know someone who has? What happens after a medical 911 call is received by emergency services?

Quite often, when emergency personnel arrive at the crisis scene, little or no medical information is immediately available concerning the patient. Proper treatment may therefore be delayed. File of Life materials can help in this situation.

File of Life, a national program, based in West Suffield, Connecticut, provides an individual’s medical information on a card inserted in a magnet which attaches to the front of the refrigerator.

This information is then readily accessible to paramedics in the event they receive a crisis call from the home. There is also a wallet size component which may be carried with the individual.(Not all emergencies happen at home.) The phone number for the National Office is 1 800-814-1788.

In Santa Cruz County, the Monterey Bay Area Retired Senior Volunteer Program(RSVP), a program of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, which initiated the File of Life project in the tri-county area, is encouraging individuals and community groups, mobile home parks, apartment complexes, senior centers, and others, to participate in the program.

The File of Life project is endorsed by the Seniors Council, the Seniors Commission of Santa Cruz County, the Fire Chiefs Association of Santa Cruz County and American Medical Response ambulance company. The cost of the 3 major components of the File of Life materials is approximately $1.00.

For more information contact:

Jennifer Gardner-831-427-5070

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