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How ECOS® Emergency IDs Work

Unfortunately, accidents can happen to cyclists, skiers, hikers, runners and other outdoor athletes.  An ECOS® Emergency ID (or "EID" as we call it) provides a unique and flexible way for you to store and communicate identification, emergency contact and other important medical information.  Communicating this information to emergency medical personnel can be critical if, as a result of an injury, you are unable to speak.   But even if you are conscious and coherent, it’s important (and convenient) to have certain information at your fingertips, such as information about your health insurance, medications you are taking, and your primary physician’s contact information.

HERE'S HOW IT WORKS:

We currently make three different types of EIDs. One is a small (approximately 1-5/16” x 3/4”) laminated plastic tag with a stainless steel split key ring that is designed to be attached to a zipper on clothing or other equipment (for example, the zipper on a saddle bag or a hydration pack). You also can attach a plastic EID to other locations on clothing or equipment. The second is a small (approximately 1-1/2" x 13/16") aluminum tag that comes attached to an adjustable hook and loop wrist strap. The third is a small (approximately 1-1/2" x 1") flexible vinyl tag with a self-adhesive backing that can be placed in a wide variety of locations (for example, on a bicycling or skiing helmet, on the back of a smartphone, or on a key chain).

Each EID is printed with a unique Emergency ID QR Code. Encoded in each QR Code is a unique website address or URL. When scanned by a smartphone or other scanning device, the QR Code opens a webpage that shows your Emergency ID Profile. If an emergency responder is unable to scan the QR Code on your EID, access to your Profile is available by entering the seven-digit EID Number (i.e., the number that appears beneath the QR Code on all of our EIDs) on the “Emergency Personnel Assistance” page of our website.

You create your Emergency ID Profile during the set-up process. It’s a simple matter of typing into a pre-formatted webpage the information you wish to appear in your Profile. You can include any information you like, and you can change the information at any time. You can also deactivate the link between an EID and your Profile, which is something we recommend you do if you lose or discard an EID.

If you have more than one EID, you can link all your EIDs to the same Profile, or you can link each EID to a different Profile.