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Wednesday 20 January 2016

This iPhone Tip Could Save Your Life

This iPhone Tip Could Save Your Life

 You just never know what's going to happen to you.
A perfectly healthy person can be suddenly struck by a congenital heart problem they didn't know they had. Or a speeding vehicle can appear out of nowhere and through the combination of a blind spot and a moment's distraction, it's possible to never see it coming. A perfectly normal day can end in tragedy without warning.
I don't say all this simply to frighten you. But it's worth thinking about the plan you have for when something does happen. 
Because when your best hope for survival shows up in a wailing ambulance, they're going to need to know some things.

1. Specifically, your allergies, any medical conditions you have, and who your next of kin is.

Now, under normal circumstances, they can simply ask you all of this. But what if they can't because you're unconscious?

2. Well, then they go to your phone, right?

If you're not displaying a MedicAlert bracelet or have any card with your information on it, then yes, that's probably where they'll look.
But in all likelihood, they're only going to be greeted with this screen.

3. There's lots of good reasons to lock your phone, but this is where it can be a problem.

This leaves paramedics in an unenviable situation. Without knowing your allergies or conditions, they're essentially gambling on how to proceed when it comes to helping you.
So how do you let them in while keeping everyone else out?

4. The answer lies in the iPhone's Health app.

It turns out that it does a lot more than keep track of how many stairs you climb. But how can paramedics access it through the locked screen?

5. It involves that little Medical ID tab.

Here, you can enter all the information medical personnel would be interested in, like your medications, your allergies and your blood type.
And what most people don't know is paramedics will be able to see it if you enable the "show when locked" option.

6. Once you do that, the emergency screen will have a new option.

That Medical ID feature will show the paramedics everything you just entered in your Health app and make it so much easier for them to treat you. 
If you don't have an iPhone, a similar feature is available through Android's ICE app or by going to the owner information screen and ticking the "show information when locked" option.

7. This is an example of what an EMT can expect to see once you're done all this.

This way, they have the information they need to start helping you immediately and an idea of who to call once you've made it to the hospital.
Or in this case, if they needed to know what blue milk and midi-chlorians are. 
Main and collage image via OS X Daily

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