An exciting new program has come to Maine and is being piloted in 14 locations in Cumberland County, including Westbrook and Gorham who spearheaded the project. It’s called the Yellow Dot Program, and actually, first began in Connecticut in 2002. Who would have thought that a simple yellow dot could save lives? Mothers, that’s who.
Conceptually, this program espouses what mothers, and parents, have always told their children. “Make sure you carry emergency contact information with you at all times.” I don’t know about you, but to this day, I still carry emergency contact information in my wallet, and have those details programmed into my cell phone as well, should anyone care to look. And “notification” is a key component of the Yellow Dot program.
The presence of a yellow sticker on the driver’s side rear vehicle window signifies to emergency first-responder personnel that vital medical and emergency contact information is available on site. Within a yellow sleeve located in the glove compartment, resides pertinent, often critical, information regarding the occupant’s identity, existing medical conditions, current medications, allergies, physician’s phone number, hospital preference, and emergency contact instructions.
Data, which could be essential to paramedics at a time when you may not be able to communicate for yourself; enabling them to appropriately recognize and respond to your physical or pharmaceutical needs.
This fantastic initiative began last weekend, and we sincerely hope it will become a huge success in every county within our State! This program will not only save lives, it will reduce the number of adverse event incidences and will help cut costs across the board. To find out more about how “Yellow Dot” works and where to register, please visit the following website http://www.yellowdotme.org/; and bring a photo along to attach to your first-responder notification paperwork.
USA Today articles, praising Alabama’s Yellow Dot success, and providing nods of approval from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the Governor’s Highway Safety Association have helped to fuel American interest in this National Safety initiative.
Although admittedly incomprehensive, and somewhat simplistic in design, this program; prior to the advent of a secure national registry database for emergency healthcare response information, offers an immediate solution to providing improved accident trauma care for individuals of all ages. Briggs and Wholey attorneys applaud this safety effort, and realize that a program doesn’t necessarily have to be high-tech to be effective.
In an effort to curb the most common cause of personal injury the world over, the automobile accident; we have improved vehicle safety design, highway infrastructure, and have continually promoted educational driver-safety awareness campaigns. Now, we are working to improve the level of care one receives within those first critical minutes following an accident, to increase our chance of survival through both high and low-technology means.
Technologically advanced Automated Crash Notification Systems within vehicles will improve first responder response time to the scene, as they become more readily viable, and programs such as Yellow Dot, will facilitate the efficient and effective treatment provided by emergency medical service personnel once they have arrived, during crucial moments of trauma care.
If you could do something today that could potentially save your life, or the lives of family members, wouldn’t you act?
As safety advocates, the personal injury attorneys at Briggs & Wholey, strongly encourage you to participate in this exciting new program as it becomes available to you within our State, at least until a secure national database for such information exists. We are confident that this little Yellow Dot will save lives.
In fact, there’s a one in four chance that it just may save yours!
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-07-21-yellow-dot-sticker-drivers_n.htm, by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2011-05-23-yellow-dot-seniors-drivers-baby-boomers_n.htm, by Larry Copeland, USA TODAY
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