Lifesaving Information For Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) File

Emergencies can happen when we least expect it. First Responders rely heavily upon the patient, and/or the patient’s family members, to provide information used to help in the treatment and care of the patient. The information includes past medical history, allergies to medications, medications currently prescribed to the patient, advanced medical directives and any additional information.  However, there are times when the patient is unable to provide this information and family members may not be present or available to assist Fire Responders during a medical emergency.  

What is the L.I.F.E. File?

The L.I.F.E. File is a tool used to assist emergency responders during a medical emergency and includes a vinyl magnetic pouch that is placed in an easily seen location on the front or side of the refrigerator. The L.I.F.E. File form that is contained within the pouch is to be completed for each person living in the home; one form per person. The information on the form will help emergency responders to quickly learn about the patients past medical history, current medications and allergies of the patient. This critical information will assist the first responders in providing the best care possible for the patient. 

What goes in the L.I.F.E. File pouch?LIFEFileformIMG 0085 1

It is very important that you keep this information current, accurate, and placed in a prominent location on your REFRIGERATOR.

1. Fill out the L.I.F.E. File form completely in English.
2. Fold the L.I.F.E. File form in half and place it inside the magnetic pouch.
3. Enclose copies of any Advanced Directives (DNR, POLST, Living Will, etc.) in the pouch.
4. Place the L.I.F.E. pouch on the front or side of your REFRIGERATOR.

Important note: It is important to mark on the L.I.F.E. File Form if you have an Advance Directive. These documents are required to be physically present and made available to emergency responders to abide by the documents instructions.

How can I obtain a L.I.F.E. File kit?

Contact Community Education Services (CES) at (408) 378-4010 or stop by a County Fire fire station to obtain ONE kit as there is limited supply at the fire stations.

To obtain large quantities of the kits (25 or more), please contact Santa Clara County EMS Agency (408)794-0600

L.I.F.E. File kits may also be available at other Fire Departments within Santa Clara County and ambulance providers.

Where can I get additional forms for the L.I.F.E. File?    

Download a blank L.I.F.E. File Form. Blank L.I.F.E. File forms are also available on the Santa Clara County EMS website.

Did the L.I.F.E. File help when you called 9-1-1?

If you or a loved one used the L.I.F.E File recently during an emergency please let us know. Would you like to encourage others to get their own L.I.F.E. File? Send your story to emsagency@ems.sccgov.org