We often think of our smartphones in a negative light. They take up our time and attention, keep our focus on social media a bit too much or distract us from what is really going on in the world.
But one brilliant nurse is praising a vital feature in our iPhones that can help medical staff treat you in a life-or-death emergency. It’s called a Medical ID and it’s a free feature on any iPhone!
Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ER all the time, I see many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are, or how to contact their next of kin, or their medical history! And their phones are locked!
But many people don’t realize that you can set up something called a ‘Medical ID’ on your iPhone if you have the health app (free with phone). I didn’t even realize this when I got my own iPhone!
This information can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options and can display things like name, date of birth, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type and donor status. You can even add notes!
I believe Android [users] have an app called ICE (‘in case of emergency’) that works similarly….