Vial of Life Information
What is Vial of Life?
Vial of Life or Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies) is a national program that allows individuals to provide key medical information to first responders in the event of an emergency. The vial, usually an empty bottle, plastic sandwich bag, or magnetic sleeve is labeled with a Vial of Life sticker and contains all pertinent medical information needed to treat them – diagnoses, medications, allergies, legal designations, medical providers, and insurance information. The forms to complete the Vial of Life are usually free and may be downloaded from an online source and produced by the individual.
What information should go into my Vial?
- Completed Vial of Life information form
- A picture of yourself (this is to help emergency personnel make sure the information in the Vial matches you if you are in need of help)
- Living Will (if you have one)
- Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order (if you have one)
- Any other helpful documentation you feel is important for emergency personnel to know – EKG strip, blood type, etc.
Where should I keep my Vial at home?
Once all the necessary paperwork has been put into the Vial of Life with the appropriate sticker on it, place it on top or on the side of the refrigerator. Some individuals choose to keep it in the freezer. Stickers are also placed in the front window of the home so emergency personnel will know to look for the Vial. All first responders are trained to look for the Vial.
Where can I print the forms ?
You can print the Vial of Life form and also the stickers at the Vial of Life website at: www.vialoflife.com. Near the top of the webpage choose “Print a Vial of Life Kit” and from there you may print out the form and / or the stickers. Note: To print the stickers you will need to have adhesive backed paper in your home printer. This type of paper can be purchased at any office supply store.
To learn more about Vial of Life, please visit www.vialoflife.com.