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Nurse Urges Everybody To Make This Important Change To Their Smartphone Settings

Imagine this: you're in a bad accident, with injuries serious enough to render you unable to communicate with paramedics. As a result, the doctors working on you don't have the full information on your health history and allergies. It's a terrifying thought for anyone, but it's made even worse if you do have special medical needs.

In the past, people often had handwritten notes with emergency contact information stashed in their wallet. In these modern times of smartphones, having that information readily accessible is easier than ever before.

Most smartphones come equipped with an emergency contact and medical history feature. This allows anyone to be able to quickly learn your basic medical history and preferred emergency contact within seconds, especially if you're unresponsive.

Some people may already be familiar with the idea of having an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact stored on their phone. However, this is only useful when the phone is unlocked, and may not be able to help you if you are unconscious and/or unable to unlock your phone for paramedics. This new system, called Medical ID, bypasses that issue by allowing your medical contact information readily available without unlocking.

Another way technology is helping save lives:

In a now-viral Facebook post, nurse Julia Thompson talks about just how much she loves this incredibly useful feature:

Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ED all the time I see many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are or how to contact their next of kin or their medical history! And their phones are locked!

But many people don’t realise that you and patients can set up something called a “Medical ID” on your iPhone if you have the health app (free with phone, not a hack). I didn’t even realise this when I got my own iPhone!

Thompson's post really resonated with people, because it's been shared thousands of times over, spreading like wildfire all across the internet. By the way: although she only mentions the iOS version of Medical ID, the app is available for Android users too!

Watch the video below to learn more, and be sure to SHARE this with your family and friends.

H/T: Tip Hero

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