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Envelope of Life program aims to provide Tallmadge residents with better care during an emergency

From staff reports Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM
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Tallmadge -- The city is now participating in a program designed to provide EMS workers with health information about patients they are assisting.

"It's not every day I encourage participation in a program for our city that I hope is never needed, but such is the case with the Envelope of Life," Tallmadge Mayor Dave Kline wrote in a letter to residents which accompanies a packet of information about Envelope of Life.

"I am proud to announce the city's partnership with Western Reserve Hospital in offering this new program for Tallmadge residents that could save precious seconds in the event of a medical emergency," Kline continued. "Our EMS crews are highly trained, but any additional information regarding medical history could help in their treatment immensely."

The Envelope of Life program aims to provide residents with a medical information form that can be easily accessed by first responders in the event of an emergency. It will provide vital information such as current medical conditions, medical history, current medications and any known allergies. The form can easily be filled out by residents or with input from the primary care physician.

The complete form is placed in a magnetic envelope that should be located in a place that is easy for attending paramedics and first responders to find. The front of the refrigerator is recommended. This will provide safety forces with the information they need to treat an individual during an emergency.

Kline advises the program is only as good as the information on the medical form, and asks residents to keep it accurate and current. Forms are available at both fire stations, City Hall, Western Reserve Hospital or can be printed from the website at www.tallmadge-ohio.org.

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