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File of Life

What is the File of Life?

  • A card, kept in a red plastic pocket labeled File of Life, magnetized to stay on the outside of the refrigerator
  • Lists the patient's name, emergency medical contacts, insurance policy and social security numbers, health problems, medications, dosages, allergies, recent surgeries, religion, doctor's name and a health care proxy.

File of Life Instructions

  • Fill out the medical card and be sure the information is accurate and legible.
  • Use a pencil when you fill out the card so you can update as necessary.
  • When completed, place the file on the outside face of your refrigerator.
  • Keep all medical data up to date.
  • Whenever there is a change in medications or dosage, be sure to change it on your card and re-date the card.
  • Take the file with you when you visit your doctor.

Get your File of Life

Contact our Fire & Life Safety Office at 843-682-5141 to get your File of Life at no charge.