The iPhone Tip That Could Help Save Your Life
A Facebook post from a hospital employee has been going viral, sharing an easy tip to set up a "Medical ID" in case you end up in hospital with no way to tell staff who you are.
Julia Thompson is a hospital employee who shared a status urging people to update their Medical ID.
You can see the post here, and read the full post below.
The Medical ID is a feature that allows doctors or hospital staff to access your iPhone, even when it's locked to see any important information such as emergency contact, DOB and allergies.
It can be managed by clicking the "Health" app on your iPhone, and can be accessed from the lock screen by clicking onto "emergency" and then "Medical ID" in the bottom left corner of your screen.
Read the full post:
"Working in a public hospital and seeing patients in ED I appreciate many patients come in and we have had no way of knowing who they are or how to contact their next of kin. 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). This information can be accessed even while the phone is locked by clicking on the emergency options and can display things like name, DOB, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type and donor status. You can even add notes.
"It can be managed by clicking on the little "Health" app that comes default on the phone (heart icon and then in the app go to the little star shape with medical ID) and given everyone I have spoken to today has never heard of it it seemed like a social media share kind of moment!
"But don't simply share it-update yours also!!
"(I believe android have an app called ICE/in case of emergency that works similarly and if you don't like apps don't forget the going to the good old fashioned owner information, enter your emergency contact and "I.c.e" as the owner and tick the "show owner information on lock screen")"