The “EMS Alert” idea came about from a group of EMS agencies in Monroe County a few years ago after a former program called the Vial of Life.
The EMS Alert program is used in a few communities here in Monroe County.
The EMS ALERT is a concise medical history that is kept in a magnetic, clear plastic holder and placed on the refrigerator.
Often times when we respond to a medical emergency at a person's home or public business and there is nobody there, not even the patient, that can provide the paramedics with important medical information. Information such as current medical conditions, medical history, currently prescribed medications, allergies or even the patient's name or age.
The personal health information contained in the EMS ALERT is essential for responding EMS personnel during a medical emergency, and also for Physicians when the patient arrives at the hospital.
Inside the folder is a card containing pertinent medical information about you that will enable EMT’s and Paramedics to obtain a quick medical history if needed.
Who should have one?
Everybody should have an EMS Alerts form filled out; it is a smart way to have your medical information on hand just in case of an emergency. Senior citizens may especially need this form because of their medical conditions and medications. No age limit – anybody of any age may need emergency care
The EMS ALERT is effective because of its highly visible location in the home. It is a vital link in quality patient care.
The EMS ALERT is for everyone; it is particularly helpful for the elderly and for those with chronic medical conditions. People find in emergency situations it is difficult to think straight.
At times like these, emergency personnel who are trying to help you need to know many things about you – especially if you have a complex medical history. These may seem very annoying questions when you don’t feel well, and sometimes you may not recall the answers because of your condition.
The EMS Alerts speaks for you when you can’t speak or don’t feel well.