This app can SAVE your life (have you downloaded yours yet?) 7 years ago

This app can SAVE your life (have you downloaded yours yet?)

Did you know that your phone – or more precisely – the info you have stored on it, can help save your life in an emergency situation?

Across the country (and globe) nurses and doctors working in A&E departments are often faced with situations where they get a patient in, but have no way of getting any information out of them. Who they are, what they are allergic to, what their blood type is, and many other medical matters that can be of vital importance for them to know.

The patient might be unconscious, or have no wallet or any other identifying information on them.

But what is the one item that hardly any of us venture anywhere without these days? That's right. Your phone can do far more that just keep you updated on what they Kardashians are doing or challenge you in Candy Crush.

Turns out, your iPhone comes with a feature that allows all you important emergency medical information to be accessed from your phone’s home screen – all without medical workers needing a password or code to get into it.

This is how you activate it:

Go to the health app on your iPhone:

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Tap Medical ID in the bottom right:


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The clever app will automatically pull in some information about you:

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Scroll down further and you’ll be given the option to add emergency contact numbers.It's a good idea to add more than one, as someone might be unreachable. Always save these numbers in your phone with the letters 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) before them.

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Now, add information about your blood type, organ donor information and your weight and height:

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Scroll back up to the top of the screen and select Show When Locked. This means emergency personnel will be able to view the information without having to unlock your phone:

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Did YOU know this feature was on your phone? Are you using it yet? Join in the conversation with us on Twitter at @HerFamilydotie