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Medical Wallet Reference Cards

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What Is a Medical Wallet Reference Card?

A medical wallet reference card is used by health care providers in an emergency. If you are unconscious or unable to speak, the card’s information helps them to give you the best care possible. The card can also help you easily share your health information with your family or doctor. If you want to keep an updated paper card on you, instead of in an emergency app on your phone, that works too.

At a minimum, your card should include:

  1. An up-to-date list of the medications you are taking
  2. Allergies and reactions
  3. Life-threatening medical diagnoses
  4. Code status/resuscitation policy
  5. Emergency contact information

How Do I Make One?

There are two options:

1. Smartphone App: Every smartphone has a medical ID as part of the Health app on your phone.

  • iPhone – Click the Health app (♥). Edit and complete the medical ID information.
  • Android – Find your name in your contact list. Edit the information to include your medical information and emergency contact.

Test it! Lock your phone. Then, try to enter your passcode. A button on the bottom left labeled "Emergency" displays. Click that. Then, an icon at the bottom left labeled "Medical ID" or a red icon displays.

2. Paper card:

  1. Go to the CVS website at
  2. At the top, hover over Health Resources and select Wallet Card
  3. Follow the steps to fill out the card electronically and print OR print the template on the left and fill it out by hand

If you have questions about getting your medical wallet reference card, please ask a Drexel Medicine staff person for help.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

The images being used are for illustrative purposes only; any person depicted is a model.

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