Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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Wauwatosa Senior Commission to Sponsor "File of Life"

Available at City Health Department and at all Wauwatosa Fire Departments

Wauwatosa Senior Commission is proud to sponsor “FILE OF LIFE” for all citizens regardless of age.  The FILE OF LIFE idea was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut a few years ago.  FILE OF LIFE is in a magnetic pocket and sticks to the refrigerator.  It has a card containing medical information. This personal medical information is an invaluable resource to emergency medical teams responding to critical, life-threatening situations. Having instant access to medical facts and data can make the difference when every second counts.

An all too familiar scenario: An ambulance soars past traffic, sirens screaming and lights flashing, the medical technician’s race toward the home of a injured or ill person. When they arrive, the patient is unconscious and they have few facts to go on. Does the patient have any existing conditions? Is he taking any medications? Does he have allergies? This frightening scenario is all too common for senior citizens and the EMT (emergency medical team) who treats them.

That's why the FILE OF LIFETM, a mini-medical history posted on the outside of one's refrigerator enables medics to obtain a quick medical history when the patient is unable to offer one. The card, which is kept in a red plastic pocket labeled FILE OF LIFE, lists the patient's name, emergency medical contacts, insurance policy and social security numbers, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, religion, doctor's name and a health care proxy. The entire pocket is held, with a magnet to the outside of the refrigerator.

The benefits of the FILE OF LIFE:

  • ·         Police Officers can more quickly help citizens in case of emergency.
  • ·         Emergency Responders instantly know medical history.
  • ·         Hospital emergency can quickly evaluate for drug reactions.
  • ·         Patient knows that if they are unconscious their life saving info and contact information is available in a recognizable, easily accessible format.
  • ·         Family members have peace of mind that if they are not there to help the information their loved one needs is there to help save their lives.
  • ·         Can be used for everyone in the family, including small children staying with grandparents or babysitter.

The Wauwatosa Senior Commission has made them available at the City Hall at the Health Department and at all the Wauwatosa Fire Departments.  For further information please call the Health Department at 479-8936.