Seconds count when there’s a medical emergency, so the quicker first-responders can get information on their patient, the better their chance of survival.
The Tennessee Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Trucking Association can help with that with the Yellow Dot program.
The program alerts emergency personnel and first-responders of crucial medical information on the victim of a car accident or any emergency in a vehicle. Those in the program will receive a recognizable yellow decal and a matching yellow packet.
The decal sticks to the rear window on the driver’s side, and the packet goes in the glove box and is filled with medical information. When emergency personnel see the yellow sticker, they know to check the glove compartment for medical information.
“The Yellow Dot program has always been an effective tool to help people with medical and mental health issues at crashes or traffic stops,” said McMinnville Police Lt. Mark Mara. “However, it has improved because we found out in the past people were either not filling out the packets correctly or not putting them where they were supposed to, and we are going to be helping with that.”
McMinnville Police Department will be helping individuals fill out the packets on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at Spangler Towers and at McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center. Along with helping participants with the packets, photographs of the individuals will also be taken to go with the packets.
Information can include medications the person is currently taking, medications the person is allergic to, special needs, and medical conditions. Anyone is welcome to participate, including people with mental health issues, not just people with physical medical conditions.
Mara added, “I want to urge everyone to understand these packets are only to be utilized by emergency personnel in order to help that person in the time of crisis. There is no database where the information is stored. All the information in the packet remains with that person from the crash scene or traffic stop or whatever the emergency is.”
In emergencies, the packets are transported with the individual as they are being treated.
The best chance for survival following a traumatic injury occurs when the injured person is seen and treated within an hour of the event. Participants would be providing important medical information that could help emergency responders make decisions that could save a life.