5 Lifesaving Apps You Need on Your Phone in Case of an Emergency

woman checking iPhoneYou know you can put an "ICE" (in case of emergency) contact in your iPhone. But how's anyone supposed to find it if your screen's locked? Apparently, Apple has a brilliant solution to this problem -- except no one's ever heard of it.

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Business Insider is clueing us all in to a relatively new feature on iPhones called "Medical ID." It's part of the iOS Health app.

Once you find it (more on that in a sec), you can include such super-important info as your name, birth date, emergency contacts, and medical deets including your blood type and whether or not you're an organ donor.

Although, um, hopefully, whatever emergency you're in isn't quite that drastic.

How to get to this nifty little feature so you can fill it out ASAP? Head to the Health app on your phone and go to "Medical ID" in the lower right-hand corner. Click on it, and you'll be able to fill out the info that could save your life. But don't go overboard -- i.e., filling out your social security number or any super-private, not-really-necessary details. Remember that any stranger can access this, not just some well-meaning paramedic.

Then, from your phone's lock screen (where you punch in your passcode), click "Emergency" on the lower left-hand corner. On the next screen that pops up, you'll see "*Medical ID" in red letters.

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iPhone's health app will allow you to go into more detail about your allergies, meds, and whatnot and in a more secure setting. But while you're being all proactive, you might also want to check out a few other apps that also work pretty damn hard to get you medical help when you need it most.

First Aid by American Red Cross: Find instructions here on everything from treating a bee sting to dealing with a heart attack. You can even take quizzes BEFORE hell breaks loose so you know your stuff.

ICE Standard with Smart911: This app puts all your emergency info on your lock screen just like Apple's Medical ID. But if you call 911, it also shares this info automatically with the dispatcher. (Although this feature isn't available everywhere.)

UrgentCare 24/7 Medical Help: Have a medical prob? For $3.99 each call, you can speak to a registered nurse somewhere in the U.S. If your sitch sounds serious, a licensed MD will call you back within the half hour.

ChartSpan: It's the "Swiss Army Knife" of medical apps for a reason. ChartSpan allows you to request, store, and organize ALL your family's medical records. Handy in an emergency (or just to keep track of who's due for a tetanus shot).

 

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