The “File of Life” is available to all residents of Plymouth County. Please call the District Attorney’s Office at 508-584-8120 to request one.
The “File of Life” is a miniature medical history that is kept in a red plastic sleeve with a magnetic strip. Once the history card is filled out, it is placed back in the sleeve. The magnetic sleeve is then placed on the outside of the refrigerator in a visible place.
A smaller version is also filled out and placed either in your wallet, purse or the glove compartment of your vehicle. A specially designed decal is then placed on the inside left corner of the rear windshield to indicate the “File of Life” is available in the glove compartment.
The “File of Life” details a person´s name, emergency medical contacts and insurance policy information. It details current health problems, current medications and dosages.
It lists allergies, recent surgeries, your doctor´s name and phone number, your health care proxy information and your religious affiliation.
Who will utilize the “File of Life”?
In the event of an emergency the “File of Life” will be utilized by:
- Police Officers
- Emergency Medical Technicians
- Fire Fighters
- Hospital Emergency Staff
What are the benefits of the “File of Life”?
The “File of Life” enables emergency personnel to obtain a quick medical history when a patient is unable to give one.
The complete “File of Life” sleeve, is taken off the refrigerator, out of the wallet or vehicle and will accompany the patient to the hospital. Emergency room staff will have a quick medical history at their fingertips.
This valuable information enables a quicker medical response time by medical responders.