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Volunteers to Prepare Thousands of “Vial of L.I.F.E” Kits for Albuquerque Seniors

Vial of L.I.F.E program provides first responders with life-saving information
September 06, 2023

Tomorrow, 50 volunteers from the Department of Senior Affairs’ AmeriCorps Seniors program will help to prepare 2,500 potentially life-saving Vial of L.I.F.E. kits, which will be distributed to seniors across Albuquerque.  

When a medical emergency happens, first responders say that knowing a patient’s history can be critical. That’s why the Department of Senior Affairs is partnering with Albuquerque Fire Rescue (AFR) to encourage more residents to participate in Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information For Emergencies), a national initiative designed to ensure that a patient’s medical history is easily accessible to paramedics.

Each kit contains a sticker, magnet, and medical information form. The sticker is placed on a home’s front door or window to alert first responders of the resident’s participation in Vial of L.I.F.E. The form is then attached to the resident’s refrigerator using the magnet.

“Protecting the health and safety of Albuquerque residents as they age is a vital part of our mission,” said Anna Sanchez, Director of Senior Affairs. “By working with AFR to implement this program, we’re able to do that, while also providing seniors and their families with some added peace of mind.”

“Calling 911 is a stressful endeavor,” said AFR Lt. Athena Valerio-Hirschfeld. “Vial of L.I.F.E. is a tool that helps decrease the stress by allowing first responders to better understand a patient’s medical situation, and saves valuable time when minutes and seconds matter.”

A group of AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers will assemble the kits on Thursday, September 7, 2023 at 9 a.m. at Barelas Senior Center as part of their 9/11 National Day of Service project.

The Department of Senior Affairs then plans to distribute the kits to clients of its home delivered meals and senior services programs. The kits will also be made available at all eight City of Albuquerque senior and multigenerational centers.