Files of Life


Files of life consist of an information card listing all medications a person uses and any special health conditions he or she has. The card is kept inside a bright red vinyl sleeve marked “FILE OF LIFE,” which the users post on their refrigerator or some other highly visible place. In the event of a medical emergency, a File of Life allows paramedics and EMTs to administer the correct treatment quickly. The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office has distributed more than 100,000 Files of Life and local emergency medical personnel have repeatedly said that the File of Life folders are extremely helpful, allowing them to treat a patient more quickly and with more certainty. The Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office offers files of life free-of-charge to local residents.

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