Posted at: 01/30/2013 2:31 AM
Updated at: 01/30/2013 5:29 PM
By: Amanda Ciavarri
Imagine having an allergy to a common medicine, but being in a car accident, unconscious and not being able to communicate with those first responders trying to save your life.
The new Yellow Dot program would help first responders in that situation know how to care for you.
The kit is simple, just two pieces. The first part is a sticker that you place on the back driver's side window of your car. This lets first responders know that a piece of paper is in your glove box. The paper asks for a photo so responders can identify you. It lists your doctors and medicines you are taking and the dose, and allergies you have. It also has a spot for emergency contacts.
Monroe County Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn hopes everyone in the community takes part in the program, especially those that have allergies to medicines and a medical need. The sheriff says the information is key for first responders in what they call the “golden hour”. He says that is the time period when they need to know the most information about a patient and be able to share it with the hospital to get a victim the best possible care.
You can pick up a free kit at any Monroe County DMV or at any sheriff’s substation. You can also have one mailed to you. To sign-up, click here.