'Vial' Can be a Lifesaver
Bath Township urges residents to update their medical information and display it in their homes
If you don't have a Vial of Life in your home, now's the time to get one, Bath Fire Chief Walt Hower said.
And if you have one, make sure you update it.
"It's really a great program," said Hower, who said Bath Township introduced it several years ago.
The Vial of Life program is free and works like this: Residents fill out a form that lists their medical conditions, medications you are taking, past illnesses and other information that Emergency Medical Technicians should know if you call for help.
Put the form in a plastic bag, with a decal on the front, and tape it to your refrigerator door. Put a second Vial of Life decal on your front door.
The program is open to any resident, but senior citizens are especially encouraged to participate.
"In a stressful situation, most people can't remember what medication they're taking," Hower said. "This gives them a way to organize it."
The forms ask about your doctors, allergies, current and past medical conditions, medications you take, your blood type and other information that could give rescue workers a leg up in starting treatment.
"Even if you already have it, make sure it's updated," Hower said.