File of Life

In the event of a medical emergency, first responders have little time to ask patients the important questions they need to know before treating someone or transporting them to a hospital. Sometimes, a patient is unable to provide any information at all.

And because mere seconds matter during an emergency, the Attorney General sponsors the state’s “File of Life” program. The “File of Life” provides to senior citizens and others a convenient and simple way to keep important medical information available and accessible to first responders in an emergency.

On a File of Life, Arkansans can list their preferred doctors or hospitals, as well as contact information for several emergency contacts. Current medications are listed along with any known allergies, medical conditions and medical and surgical history.

The information all fits into an index-card sized pouch with a magnet so that the file can be attached to a refrigerator. That way, it is easily locatable and accessible when needed.

The Attorney General’s effort to distribute these important items to senior citizens across the state was the brainchild of Jimmie Lou Fisher, a longtime Arkansas state treasurer who know serves as a senior citizens’ advocate in the Attorney General’s Office.

About 20,000 files of life have been distributed statewide since the Attorney General launched the effort several years ago.

To obtain a File of Life or receive multiple files for senior citizens organizations, call the Attorney General’s Office at (800) 482-8982 or (501) 682-2007.