Medical IDs on phones help EMS workers

Posted on: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 By: KorchekStaff

The medical ID on smart phones is starting to become a useful tool for medical services to access.

A medical ID is available on all smart phones on the passcode screen under emergency and medical ID. In the case of a medical emergency, an EMT would be able to access a persons phone who is unresponsive without having to unlock the phone.

The ID keeps track of allergies, medications, weight, height, birth date, medical conditions and emergency contacts. There is also a section for notes in order to put down anything extra that a medic would need to know.

Buchanan County EMS public relations coordinator and EMT Andrew King said they rarely see it out in the field, but are hoping people take advantage of it soon.

“It’s very important for us to have a list of peoples medications if they’re having a medical emergency,” King said. “People always tell us their medications are listed at hospitals, which is good, but we don’t have access to hospital records.”

The app helps EMTs to know which route to go down when trying to treat an unresponsive person that they know nothing about.

“It’s just going to help us treat and take care of people better and faster, and that’s what we always want to do,” King said.

On an iPhone the ID card can be reached on the lock screen. The app is also free for Android users and can also be access when the device is locked.

“I know not everybody has a smart phone, but it is still very vital to give us that information,” King said. “Write it out on a piece of paper, type it out and print it and put it somewhere we can easily access it.”

The most important information needed is date of birth, full legal name, any medical conditions and all medications a person takes.