The Ottumwa Courier

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February 12, 2013

File of Life kits aim to save lives

OSKALOOSA — These kits could help in an emergency situation.

The Oskaloosa Lions Club is offering area residents a chance to use the File of Life magnet and card combination to help those in distress. The two cards and one magnet each list pertinent medical information, which can be used to help inform emergency personnel of an individual’s specific medical needs.

“I have personally been contacted by people who have picked up one,” said Leslie Nuehring. “It’s very heartwarming that they appreciate them and that somebody thought of them.”

Nuehring, who is a member of the local Red Hat group and Oskaloosa Lions Club, noted that one of the Red  Hat group members introduced them to the File of Life effort and Nuehring then brought it to the Oskaloosa Lions Club.

Nuehring explained that the cards and magnet can include information on whomever uses the card — including any recent surgeries they’ve had, their doctor’s name and phone number, which hospital they prefer, as well as which medications they are currently taking. The bright red cards and magnet can also include whatever allergies a person may have.

So, who would benefit from having File of Life cards or magnets on their person, in their vehicle and at home on the refrigerator?

Nuehring explained that people who live alone or those with a spouse who doesn’t readily know all of their medical information could benefit from having a File of Life card or refrigerator magnet on hand.

“It’s easy to read really quickly,” Nuehring said, noting that File of Life materials should be placed in a prominent location, which can be easily referenced by emergency personnel.

Nuehring said it’s also important to let one’s doctor know if they decide to use the File of Life system. She added, File of Life is not just for older people. Those with medical needs or health issues are also encouraged to use File of Life.

File of Life kits can be found at the Oskaloosa Hy-Vee Pharmacy, 110 S. D St.; Mahaska Drug, 205 N. E St.; and Doty’s, 309 A Ave. E.

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