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The Vial of Life

The Vial of Life is a lifesaving tool widely used across the country by emergency responders. Simply put, it is a medicine vial that provides immediate access to your medical history. It is placed on the top shelf inside the refrigerator so any emergency responder can locate it quickly and easily.

How to Use the Vial of Life:

  • Complete the Vial of Life form. Use two if necessary.
  • Fold and roll the form so it will fit inside the medicine bottle. Attach any “Do Not Resuscitate” or advanced medical directives.
  • Ensure that the Vial of Life label is on the bottle.
  • Place your initials on the label if there is more than one Vial of Life container in your refrigerator.
  • Place the medicine bottle on the top shelf of your refrigerator and ensure that it stays there.
  • Attach the Vial of Life magnet at the top right hand side of your refrigerator door. This will alert emergency personnel that you are participating in the program.
  • Update your information if your medical condition or medications change. Use a new form if necessary.

To obtain a Vial of Life form/Magnet or for more information, call the Folsom Fire Department, (916) 984-2280.

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