What is the "Vial of Life" Program?
Emergencies are unplanned events... but you can be prepared. The "Vial of Life" program was developed for older adults, those who have a history of illness and people who routinely take special or prescription medications.
During a medical emergency, paramedics often look for the patient's medications to assist them in determining a course of action, particularly when a patient is unconscious. Placing the Vial of Life with your medications will help paramedics find important information quickly.
Vial of Life program components include a large medicine vial container and a one-page form. The form asks each person to complete sections about their medical history, allergies, medications and emergency contacts.
Additional copies of medical documents such as DNR (do not resuscitate) orders may also be added to the vial.
A second copy of the medical information form is provided in each vial to add to the red “File of Life." This travel version should be placed in your purse or wallet.
Click Here to download the Vial of Life Form (PDF).
Where to Get Your "Vial of Life" Kit
Vial of Life kits are free and available at any of the following locations:
How to use your "Vial of Life"
Do not place any medications in the Vial of Life container.
The Vial of Life program is a free life safety preparedness program coordinated by the Cosumnes CSD Fire Department.
For more information please contact Fire Headquarters at (916) 405-7100 or toll free at (866) 598-FIRE (3473)