A nurse shared a little known fact about iPhones that allows for nurses and doctors to better identify patients and contact their next of kin in emergency situations.
“Working in the ER we’ve had many patients come in and have had no way of knowing who they were or how to contact next of kin,” nurse Katherine Jarmy wrote in a Facebook post. “Did you guys know that you (or your patients) can set up something called a 'Medical ID' on your iPhone?”
Jarmy went on to explain that when you click on the emergency options located at the bottom of the lock screen, a function called Medical ID becomes available.
The ID, according to Jarmy, displays “things like name, DOB, emergency contacts, medical conditions and even blood type.”
“It can be managed by clicking on the little 'Health' app that comes default on the phone," she wrote.
Jarmy’s helpful tip, which garnered nearly 750,00 shares on Facebook after it was originally posted, is not only useful to those in the medical profession. It can prove important to anyone faced with an emergency situation who may need quick access to a person’s information.
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