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Vial of Life can help emergency responders find medical records

COLDEN — With a new program called the Vial of Life, emergency medical technicians can now access medical information from program participants, all in one place.

With the Vial of Life, a person fills out a form containing identifying information, illnesses he or she has and medications he or she takes or is allergic to. The participant then places the form inside a vial, along with anything else that might help first responders, including “do not resuscitate” orders and copies of insurance cards.

The vial goes into the refrigerator and the participant puts a decal on the fridge, showing that is a vial is stored there. In an emergency, first responders can look for the fridge decal to find the vial containing the information. This can help not only unconscious patients, but also those suffering from dementia or other memory impairments.

Those interested in participating in Vial of Life can pick up a free vial at the Colden Town Hall, the Bread of Life Outreach Center, or by contacting the Colden fire company at 941-5353 or

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