Whidbey General Hospital

Vial of Life Available on Whidbey Island

A 911 call brings Whidbey General Hospital EMS to a home where the caller is disoriented and non-communicative. Fortunately, a Vial of Life sticker on the refrigerator quickly directs paramedics to medical information that could help save the patient’s life.
Vial of Life Available on Whidbey Island

This distinctive logo displayed in your home tells paramedics that a Vial of Life is in your refrigerator.

The Vial of Life provides emergency responders nationwide with critical medical information that helps them provide appropriate and timely treatment. Thanks to anonymous $1,000 gift to the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation, island residents now have free access to this lifesaving program, which is being administered by Whidbey General Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The Vial of Life includes a self-contained kit with vial, instructions, decals, medical information form and a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form. Follow these easy steps to complete the Vial of Life process.





Step 1

Complete the medical information form that came in the Vial for Life and put it back in the vial. Place any advance directives you choose, such as a POLST, in the vial.




Step 2

Place the vial on the top shelf inside your refrigerator.





Step 3

Remove the paper backing from the two Vial for Life clings and lightly moisten the plastic. Put one cling on your refrigerator and another on the window closest to your front door.


Where do I get my Vial of Life?

To pick up your free Vial of Life kit, visit one of these convenient Whidbey Island locations. Supplies are limited.

    • The main lobby of Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville
    • Island Drug in Clinton and Oak Harbor
    • Linds Pharmacy in Freeland and Coupeville
    • Whidbey General EMS headquarters at 109 North Main Street in Coupeville or EMS stations located in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Bayview

To learn more about Vial of Life, contact Robert May, EMS Injury Prevention Coordinator, at 360-678-7620.

To keep prescription records current, consider asking your pharmacist for an extra copy of your prescription label every time you refill and keep the extra label in your Vial of Life.


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EMS thanks the Whidbey General Hospital Foundation and its generous supporters for making programs such as the Vial of Life available to our community.