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'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."

Forms are available at the Vial of Life website or at the Bath Township Fire Station.

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. 

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