Hun­dreds lo­cally sign up for ‘Mes­sage in a Bot­tle’

Bray People - - THE NOTEBOOK -

HUN­DREDS of Bray res­i­dents have signed up to the in­no­va­tive ‘Mes­sage in a Bot­tle’ scheme pro­moted by the Lions Club.

It’s a na­tional drive, with 90,000 signed up in Ire­land, in which people are en­cour­aged to keep their per­sonal and med­i­cal de­tails on a stan­dard form and in a com­mon lo­ca­tion - the house­hold fridge.

There are 700 par­tic­i­pants in this area.

Michael Clince, Lions Clubs project leader, said that mem­bers of the 110 Lions Clubs in Ire­land are plan­ning to dis­trib­ute an additional 40,000 bot­tles over the com­ing months with the as­sis­tance of fire and am­bu­lance ser­vices and many vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions such as ‘Meals on Wheels’ and se­nior cit­i­zens groups.

‘ The sys­tem pro­vides emer­gency ser­vices with com­pre­hen­sive in­for­ma­tion on med­i­ca­tion pre­scribed for a pa­tient, which can be in­valu­able dur­ing ini­tial treat­ment and which can also be trans­mit­ted to a hospi­tal be­fore a pa­tient ar­rives,’ said Michael.

‘In an emer­gency, ev­ery sec­ond counts and gain­ing ac­cess to crit­i­cal med­i­cal data can save lives.’

While it is fo­cused on the more vul­ner­a­ble people in our com­mu­nity, any­one can have an ac­ci­dent in the home, so ‘Mes­sage in a Bot­tle’ can ben­e­fit ev­ery­one. The in­for­ma­tion form is sim­ple to com­plete but in some cases it may be de­sir­able that el­derly per­sons are as­sisted in com­plet­ing the form, by a rel­a­tive, friend or carer.

The com­pleted in­for­ma­tion form is placed in­side the bot­tle. Each bot­tle con­tains the de­tails of one per­son.

By com­plet­ing the in­for­ma­tion on the form, it will save the emer­gency ser­vices valu­able time in iden­ti­fy­ing the in­di­vid­ual and whether they have any spe­cial needs. It is not only a po­ten­tial life­saver, but also it pro­vides peace of mind to the users, their friends and fam­i­lies in know­ing that prompt med­i­cal treat­ment is pro­vided and the next of kin and emer­gency con­tacts are no­ti­fied.

The small dis­tinc­tive plas­tic con­tain­ers con­tain a printed form and three la­bels. The re­cip­i­ent fills in the form with their med­i­cal de­tails, al­ler­gies, and next of kin con­tact de­tails. Any pets in the fam­ily can also be in­cluded. They then put the com­pleted form into the bot­tle.

The bot­tle is then placed in the fridge and one of the la­bels placed on the out­side of the fridge door. The other la­bel is placed on the in­side of the front en­trance door of the home, by the lock. One can also be placed on the in­side of their back door.

If a per­son is taken ill while alone in the house and is un­able to com­mu­ni­cate, the Emer­gency Ser­vices and First Re­spon­ders, on see­ing the la­bels, are alerted to go straight to the fridge, sav­ing valu­able min­utes as­sess­ing the pa­tients de­tails

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