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EMS SignPost – Medical ID on a Refrigerator Magnet


This simple yellow magnet is embedded with an NFC (near-field communication) chip, that allows EMTs to quickly learn about a patient in an emergency.

The NFC technology in the EMS SignPost magnet is the same thing that makes Apple Pay and Google Wallet work. In this case, rather than transmitting payment information when a phone is tapped against it, medical information and documents (like a DNAR order) are transferred. 

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