Life File

A Life File is a form containing important medical information that is helpful to paramedics and emergency responders in the event you must be transported to an Emergency Room.

What information should I supply?

  • You decide how much information to supply on the Life File. Supply as much as you are comfortable sharing, and leave blank any information you don’t want to share.
  • Review your Life File form at least once a year to make necessary changes.
  • Update your Life File whenever information changes such as medications, phone numbers, surgeries, diagnosed conditions, insurance, etc.

How do I complete a "Life File" form?
Print a copy of the Life File form from the City of Edina's website. Click Here.* Use a pencil to complete the form so it is easy to update.
Suggested information to include:

  • Personal information
  • Medical insurance information
  • Emergency contact information
  • Allergy information
  • Diseases/conditions information
  • Medication information
  • Other pertinent information

 Where do I put my "Life File" form once it's completed?

  • Place the completed Life File form in an envelope clearly marked “LIFE FILE.”
  • Use a magnet or tape to attach the envelope to the front of your refrigerator.
  • Paramedics are trained to look for the Life File on your refrigerator during an emergency.

Why is "Life File" a good idea?

  • It saves valuable time during an emergency.
  • It provides important medical information to paramedics even if you are unable to answer questions.

Who should have a "Life File" ?

  • Everyone, regardless of age, should have a Life File – no one knows when the information might be needed.
  • Complete one form for each person in your household.
  • Even if you have no allergies, no diseases or use no medications – it is important for the emergency room doctor to know that!

 Is "Life File" replacing the "Vial of Life" ?

  • Yes! The Life File system is replacing the "Vial of Life." If you currently have a Vial of Life in your refrigerator, please replace it with the Life File.
  • Paramedics will be looking on the outside of your refrigerator for the Life File envelope and will no longer look in your refrigerator for the Vial of Life.

For more information, contact the Edina Fire Department at 952-826-0326.


*Limited printed copies will be available for those without computers at the Edina Senior Center, 5280 Grandview Square.

Download the Instructions for Edina's "Life File."

Download Edina's "Life File" form for printing.

Health Division

4801 W. 50th Street
Edina, MN 55424

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Life File Form & Instructions

Download the Instructions for Edina's "Life File."

Download Edina's "Life File" form for printing.