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File of Life

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Background

The File of Life program is an initiative developed and implemented by the Novi Fire Department to assist EMS personnel when they respond to an emergency. The program uses clear plastic, magnetized envelopes to store pertinent medical information located in plain view on refrigerator doors. The magnetized holders contain a standard medical form on which the homeowners record medical history, medications, etc. 
 

History of the Program

Previously this program was known as the Vial of Life. The idea was to place valuable medical information on paper and in a location that everyone had in their home.  The "vial" was nothing more than a prescription vial which held the medical paperwork and the standard location was deemed to be the freezer compartment of refrigerators. This program was in place for a few years in Novi but there were some flaws, one of which was that many times the vial would be lost in the freezer section among the frozen foods.

The new program, named “the File of Life” began a few years ago after the old style vials were used up.  The new program uses clear plastic envelopes to store pertinent medical information in plain view on refrigerator doors. The magnetized holders contain a standard medical form on which the homeowners record medical history, medications, etc.  EMS personnel automatically check refrigerator doors when a homeowner is unconscious or unable to communicate adequately with first responders.

 

How Do I Get a File of Life?

You can pick up a File of Life folder at any Novi Fire Station or the Novi Senior Center.  If you cannot pick up a File of Life folder and would prefer that we mail one to you, please contact a board member by sending an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
 

Questions?

Fire personnel will gladly speak with your Homeowners Association, Civic Group, or Senior Group to explain the benefits of this program.

Source: http://www.cityofnovi.org/Services/Fire/CommunityPrograms/FileOfLife.asp
 

 
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