Remember medical bracelets? Things have moved on a bit!

October 18, 2018

At every course we look at technology that helps first aiders. There is no doubt that your phone is one of the most important parts of your first aid kit.


We used to look for medical bracelets and necklaces but we’ve now moved on to looking for information on people’s phones.


Medical ID helps first responders access your critical medical information from the Lock screen, without needing your passcode. They can see information like allergies and medical conditions as well as who to contact in case of an emergency. 



Here is how to set up your Medical ID on an iPhone

Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab

Tap Edit. If asked, tap Edit Medical ID

To make your Medical ID available from the Lock screen on your iPhone, turn on Show When Locked 

In an emergency, this gives information to people who want to help

Enter health information like your birth date, height, and blood type

Tap Done


Edit emergency contacts

Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab

Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts

To add an emergency contact, tap  under emergency contacts. Tap a contact, then add their relationship


To remove an emergency contact, tap  next to the contact, then tap Delete

Tap Done


The phone is now all set up and ready to go. Remember if you are helping someone to check their phone – it might have information critical to their care.

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