Emergency medical workers called to a home where a victim is alone can lose precious minutes trying to gather information about the person's medications, allergies and illnesses. "Vial of L.I.F.E." kits can help.
Sponsored by the Bellevue Network on Aging, the Medic One Foundation and Bartell Drugs, each kit includes forms filled out by patients with current medical conditions, medications, allergies and contact information. The forms fit into five-inch vials, kept in the refrigerator.
Each kit also contains instructions, along with a red decal for the patient's front door and a refrigerator magnet, both of which direct emergency medical technicians to the Vial of L.I.F.E. (life-saving information for emergencies). The kits can be especially helpful on the Eastside, where more than one in four adults 65 and older lives alone.
Marty LaFave, Bellevue Fire Emergency Medical Services commander, stresses the importance of the Vial of L.I.F.E., "especially for anyone with a complex medical history or a medical condition that could affect the treatment provided by emergency personnel."
Thanks to a donation from Barrier Motors in Bellevue, 500 free kits are available for seniors. While supplies last, the kits can be found in several locations, including:
- All Bellevue fire stations (free)
- North Bellevue Community Center, 4063 148th Ave. NE (free)
- Bartell Drugs stores in Bellevue and Kirkland ($1 at the register)
Since 2008, the Bellevue Network on Aging has distributed more than 1,000 vials.
For more information, contact the North Bellevue Community Center at 425-452-7681 or the Medic One Foundation at 206-744-9425.
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