Drivers in some states are benefiting from the Yellow Dot car program, a service that helps first responders treat car accident victims faster. North Carolina is not currently one of the states participating in the program. Asheville car accident attorneys are hopeful that North Carolina car accident victims will soon reap the benefits knowing that the first 60 minutes following a Charlotte car accident are the most crucial in saving or losing a life.
USA Today reports that nine states are currently using the Yellow Dot car program – Connecticut, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Virginia. The program began in 2002 in Connecticut. Alabama joined in 2009 and by June of 2011, the state will have a total of 27 counties and about 40,000 users authorized and profiting from the quick response program when involved in a car crash.
The Yellow Dot program makes it easier for first responders to treat crash victims who can’t communicate or relay important information needed to treat the patient at the scene. For example, a crash victim who is allergic to morphine but in too much pain to speak can have the information relayed to the rescue worker from information in the yellow folder. The program is simple and easy. It works as follows:
-State residents sign up for the Yellow Dot kit usually found at full-time fire departments, police departments or a sheriff’s office.
-Once signed up, they receive a kit that includes a yellow dot sticker, a yellow sleeve envelope and medical information record sheet.
-Adhere the yellow dot to the rear window of your vehicle.
-Complete the medical information sheet for the yellow envelope to be placed in the glove compartment of your vehicle. Place a photo in the yellow envelope along with medical history, medications prescribed by doctors, allergies to medications, contact phone numbers of both doctors and family members, and hospital emergency room preference.
-First responders arrive on the scene, look for the yellow dot and check for the corresponding yellow sleeve in the glove compartment.
-Victims are then treated accordingly with very little effort to communicate important information to the rescue worker.
-Keep the medical record updated as needed.
Though it was originally geared toward older individuals, the Yellow Dot Program can benefit any driver with special medical conditions like diabetes or a pacemaker. It can also help determine which medications can be given right at the scene of the accident.
“Actually, this is one of the goals of automated crash notification systems. Eventually, when there is a crash, these key data such as medication needed will automatically be available to EMTs, etc. The Yellow Dot program may be a system that can be helpful in the meantime,” says Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association.
Advocates for the program are hopeful that each state will adopt the efficient and fast approach to treating crash victims at the scene. Saving a life can be expedited with the Yellow Dot program.