Story last updated at 6/20/2012 - 2:02 pm
Juneau recently joined The Yellow Dot Program and Vial of Life, both life-saving programs joined with the Bartlett Regional Hospital to assist first responders in medical emergencies.
The "National Yellow Dot Program" is designed to help crash victims communicate with rescuers during the crucial "golden hour," the first 60 minutes after a serious crash. Participants in the free program receive a yellow dot to place on their rear window; it alerts emergency services personnel to look for a corresponding yellow folder in the glove box. That folder contains a photograph, their medical conditions, prescriptions and other vital information concerning an allergy to medicine, diabetes, a heart condition, etc.
Vial of Life - For anyone who lives alone, a senior citizen, or those with medical issues. The Vial of Life provides vital patient information at a critical time - when the first responder enters your home. Often in a medical emergency, the patient or caller is either too distraught to speak or is unable - this provides critical info for everyone.
It's the simple programs that work and are needed.