File of Life form helps in time of emergency

A File of Life magnet with a pocket holding a folded piece of paper containing medical information.

Johnson County MED-ACT is prepared to respond to your home any time you are faced with sudden illness or injury, but have you done everything you can to prepare?

Will you be able to communicate your past medical history, the list of medications you are taking and any life-threatening allergies you may have?

What happens when the illness or injury prevents you from being able to do so?

This scenario is all too common, so Johnson County MED-ACT has made the File of Life available to Johnson County residents at no charge. This simple tool allows patients to post a “mini medical history” via magnet on their refrigerator, so paramedics have somewhere to look for this critical information.

The front of the form contains demographic information and communicates patient preferences, including hospital of choice and whether an Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate form exists for the patient.

The back of the form is where the patient can document the prescription medications they take, any current medical conditions they have, and medication allergies paramedics will need to know about. The form is then folded and placed in a free magnet sleeve that’s available for display on the refrigerator.

More information about by the File for Life program and how to receive the magnetic sleeve (a mailing address is needed) is available by calling 913-715-1950 or visiting MED-ACT’s website at