Vial of Life offers simple, free way to relay info in an emergency

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - Kern County Public Health is promoting its Vial of Life program.

The program was started decades ago but is getting renewed emphasis. The vial contains a paper that has a person's pertinent medical information and can be accessed by first responders in an emergency.

Information in the vial includes name, address, emergency contacts, primary physician, medical history, allergies and medications.

The vials are placed either in a person's car or home, and stickers or magnets alert emergency crews to the presence of a vial.

The kits are being offered free of charge to Kern County residents through the cooperation of first-responding agencies. The kits will be available Wednesday at Public Health, fire stations, Hall Ambulance stations, Liberty Ambulance stations, Delano Ambulance station and Mercy Air.