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Bottles don't contain medicine, but could still save lives

April 07, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

While the orange prescription bottle doesn't contain medicine, its contents may save your life.

The "Vial of Life" is a plastic medicine bottle containing a piece of paper with a person's medical information on it. The Imperial County Sheriff's Office hopes people will keep these bottles in their homes and vehicles in case of medical emergencies.

The information will be invaluable to medical crews who may have to treat people in their homes or vehicles in the case of an emergency, said Jerry Godsey of the Sheriff's Office crime prevention unit.

The most critical time to treat an injured person is right after the injury occurs, time that's often wasted as medical crews try to figure out what's wrong, Godsey said.


The bottles come with Vial of Life stickers that can be placed on a person's front door to their home or glove compartment or vehicle console in their car, alerting medical personnel to the vials.

The Sheriff's Office suggests the vials be kept in the refrigerator attached to a shelf in plain view "so they don't get lost behind the butter," Godsey said.

Since many victims of emergency injuries are incapacitated and can't tell paramedics their medical history, the Vial of Life information sheets can.

Godsey said the vials are important for everyone, especially those with existing medical conditions, the elderly and those who live alone.

"My mom's a diabetic and I made sure she has one," Godsey said.

Though the program has been around for several years, the Sheriff's Office is pushing it more because of Sheriff Harold Carter's desire to find innovative ways to serve the community, Godsey said.

"It's one more way the Sheriff's Department can serve the public," Godsey said.

The vials, stickers and medical information sheets are available for free at the Sheriff's Office at 328 Applestill Road in El Centro.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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