The Lions ‘Message in a Bottle’ is a simple idea that encourages people to keep their basic personal and medical details including a list of the medication they are taking or a repeat prescription form in a common place at home where these can easily be found in a medical or other emergency. Your information is kept on a sheet of paper provided in a plastic bottle in the fridge and the bottle comes with two labels – one to be displayed on the inside of your front door or the main entrance to your home and the other on the door of your fridge. Why keep the bottle in the fridge? Because it’s the last thing that burns in the event of fire.
SCAS Clinical Mentor Karen Skillicorn-Aston said:
‘You don’t have to be old or infirm to be unwell. For your local ambulance service having access to a ‘Message in a Bottle’ in a patient’s fridge can be a real lifesaver. When a patient is in pain or distressed the last thing they need is to be quizzed about their life. Often we have to waste valuable time in rummaging around for a patient’s medication, time that could be much better spent in getting them definitive care at hospital.
‘A Stroke can prevent a person speaking and result in a reduced level of consciousness. If any patient has a condition that we need to know about and is not in a position to tell us having a ‘Message in a Bottle’ in their fridge can make a real difference to the outcome for them.’
‘Whilst having a ‘Message in a Bottle’ is great, patients should remember to update this every time they are prescribed a new medication or are diagnosed with a further health complaint. It’s also the best place to keep a passport sized photo, details of any allergies, and a repeat prescription, ‘do not resuscitate’ form or living will.’
The Lions ‘Message in a Bottle’ is FREE from your local Lions Club. To order yours please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 0845 833 9502 for details of your local Lions Club.
Brian Lazenby of Alton Lions Club commented:
‘I would urge the relatives or neighbours of older persons and those living with a disability to contact us to ensure that those who may be vulnerable and at risk in their local community have a ‘Message in a Bottle in their fridge where the Ambulance, Police and Fire & Rescue services can quickly and easily find it in the event of an emergency.’
The Lions Club of Alton