It’s a common fear, especially for those with medical conditions or those who live alone – ‘If I’m unconscious or unable to speak, how can I let the emergency team know my medical information?’
Here are some options:
One common way is by wearing a medical alert bracelet to let emergency services know that you’ve got a medical condition or allergy that they should know about.
It probably also gets you thinking, wouldn’t it be fantastic if all your important medical information was available from your smartphone’s lock screen?
Well, you’re in luck.
The iPhone’s free 'Health' app stores important information, such as medical history, allergies, medical conditions, blood type, donor status and emergency contact details. With Medical ID turned on all of this can be accessed even if your phone is locked, saving valuable seconds and potential issues for whoever is assisting you, be it hospital staff, paramedics or a good samaritan.
Other helpful features of the app include storing your weight, height and current medications, which will be handy for an ambulance officer to know prior to administering emergency medication you may need.
To access the information on your phone's lock screen, after you’ve turned this function on, press the 'Emergency' icon on the bottom left of the screen and hit 'Medical ID' (also on the bottom left).
You can include as much or as little medical information as you like through the ‘Health’ app on your iPhone. Once you’ve found the app, tap on the 'Medical ID' icon on the bottom right of the screen to add your details.
For Android users, Google Play has an app named ‘Medical ID’, which will perform similar functions for your peace of mind. Just check your ‘Lock screen’ settings in the app to choose your preferred access method – icon, widget or notification bar.