Sunday, June 2, 2013

Sticker helps first responders act fast, save lives

Salt Lake City — Car accident victims can now communicate more quickly with first responders, thanks to a new program in Salt Lake City.

It's called the Yellow Dot program, and it prepares drivers and their vehicles to be equipped with vital medical information in case of an emergency. It's especially useful for drivers with medical conditions; first responders can be clued into extenuating circumstances more easily.

Residents can write their medical information on a standardized form and then store it in the glove compartment of their vehicle. Then program participants will place a Yellow Dot sticker on their car in a visible area to indicate they're prepared with the forms.

"We spend a lot of time in our cars, and no matter how safe we try to be, accidents can happen," said Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. "Paramedics and firefighters are called on to administer medical attention at the scene of an accident; we can help them and ourselves by using Yellow Dot. Participating in this program is an easy way to prevent a bad situation from getting worse."

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