A tech-savvy nurse is urging everyone to make a simple yet potentially life-saving change on their phones.
Medical ID is a setting you can access within the iPhone’s Health app that allows medical professionals and first responders to access vital health information on your locked device. Meaning that if, heaven forbid, you should one day end up unconscious in an ambulance or in a life-or-death situation at a hospital, this feature could help the doctors or paramedics save your life.
Julia Thompson, a public hospital employee, spread the tip in a Facebook post that has since been shared thousands of times.
In an age when the average person is more likely to have a smartphone in their pocket than a wallet, taking the time to fill in the information could eventually mean the difference between life or death. As Thompson points out, ER doctors often have no way of knowing a person’s identity or important health information — like your allergies — if a phone is locked.
And so, to prevent any future confusion, here’s how you can help them right now: just open the Health app that comes on your iPhone (the one with the little heart icon), tap Medical ID, put in your details (blood type, emergency contact, allergies, age, weight, medical conditions, etc.), make sure to hit “Show When Locked” and then touch “Done.” Tap, tap, done — it’s that simple.
Thompson mentions that you can activate a similar ICE (In Case of Emergency) app on Androids as well. It’s a three-minute investment that could make a really, really big difference one day. To activate it, you just need to download any free ICE app from your Google Play store and update the info.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, right?