The nurse, Julia, works in a public hospital and sees patients in emergency all the time. The trouble is, often the staff have no way of knowing who they are, their medical history, or how to contact their next of kin. Usually they have phones with them, but the phones are locked.
Julia says many people don't know that you can set up a “Medical ID” on your iPhone, using the heath app which is free with the phone. The Medical ID can display your name, date of birth, emergency contacts, personal medical conditions, blood type, and donor status. It also allows you to add notes of your own if you wish.
The information can be accessed even while the phone is locked, by clicking on the word “Emergency”, visible on the bottom left-hand corner of the lock screen.
To create your own Medical ID, follow these steps:
Turn on your iPhone
Find the “Health” app on the home screen
When the app opens, tap the “Medical ID” option in the bottom right corner
Fill out the relevant medical information
Make sure you turn on the “Show When Locked” slider
You can see these steps in action on a video at youtu.be/6e_3m1Jg6UU.
Android phones have a similar app called ICE (“in case of emergency”), that lets medical staff access a list of people to contact if you are in an emergency situation.