Lifesaving spots could save lives on our roads
A NEW patient information program designed to improve emergency care for people involved in car crashes or suffering serious illness at home has been released in Australia.
Emergency ID Spots, which are endorsed by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, are placed on a vehicle’s rear window or the front door of a house to alert police, paramedics and other first responders that a patient’s critical health information can be found inside, either in the glove box, on the sun visor or on the fridge.
The information, such as allergies, prescription medications, previous surgeries, pre-existing conditions and other vital information can ensure the best emergency treatment is administered during the ‘golden hour’ – the first 60 minutes or so after a serious accident or acute health event which can often mean the difference between life and death.
By including a photograph, emergency services personnel can check who the information relates to, while the inclusion of a list of emergency contacts and next of kin details mean your loved ones can be informed immediately.
Founder and director of Emergency ID Australia, Nicole Graham, said as a former police officer she had come across countless people who were unconscious, disoriented or in so much pain they were not able to pass on critical information to carers.
“Three million drivers reported being in a car accident, and even in less serious crashes people often go into shock, which means they find it hard to remember important details or communicate clearly,” Ms Graham said.
Ms Graham said she expected the Emergency ID Spots would be particularly popular with seniors, travellers and grey nomads.
“As people get older they are more likely to have multiple medical conditions, take medication routinely, and be more vulnerable to critical injury in an accident, or likely to suffer a serious medical problem at home,” Ms Graham said.
“The spots are also expected to prove valuable for transport and trucking companies and other professional drivers.
“They also provide peace of mind for families who need to know their children will receive proper care if the parents are unable to pass on life saving information.”
General manager of the Westpac Emergency Operations, Richard Jones, said his organisation had thrown its support behind this initiative.
“Armed with immediate information about a patient’s allergies, medications and conditions, emergency services can provide the very best medical care on the spot,” Mr Jones said.
“This simple sticker will certainly help save lives.”
A YouTube video showing the benefits of the program has been released at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=RdD78o29DOk.
SPOTS TO SAVE: Lifesaving spots on the rear window of your car could one day save your life.