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Help First Responders: Join the Idaho Yellow Dot Program

(Pictured above) Gritman Emergency Department Director Nicole Wheaton and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Division Chief Debby Carscallen encourage Palouse motorist participation in the Idaho Yellow Dot Program to assist first responders following an accident.

Gritman Emergency Department director a state leader in program

 

Minutes count in an emergency.

The simple act of knowing a patient’s basic medical information can make all the difference for first responders called to provide life-saving care.

That’s where the Idaho Yellow Dot Program comes in. Funded through the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System of the Department of Health and Welfare, the initiative encourages motorists to share vital information in a place paramedics can easily access it – their glove compartment.

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“If something happens and they’re having a medical emergency, this gives permission to whoever comes upon you to go into your glove box and get help.” – Gritman Emergency Department Director Nicole Wheaton

Thanks to the new program, creating a seamless accident plan is as easy as putting a sticker on your car’s rear window and placing the Yellow Dot form in the glove box. Motorists fill out the form with a list of prescriptions, allergies and medical conditions, and also supply a recent photo. Kits are encouraged for every regular vehicle occupant.

Gritman Emergency Department Clinical Care Coordinator Ben Stellmon said the program helps health care providers avoid complications when a patient is unconscious or otherwise in shock.

“If something happens and you’re having a medical emergency, this gives permission to whoever comes upon you to go into your glove box and get help,” Gritman Emergency Department Director Nicole Wheaton said.

Wheaton plays a leadership role in the state’s administration of the program, serving as Region 2 Chair of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council. The council is providing kits free to Idahoans so emergency medical providers like Wheaton can continue providing exceptional care regardless of whether a patient is able to answer questions.

Gritman is working with the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department to spread the word about the new program.

“It is helpful to responders if there is an emergency,” Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Division Chief Debby Carscallen said. “If they can’t speak for themselves, we have more information.”

In addition to personal information like first and last name, the form asks for:

  • A current photo
  • Medical conditions and/or recent surgeries
  • Names of medications
  • Allergies
  • Physician and pharmacy information
  • Emergency contact information.

Request a Yellow Dot kit by sending an email to vog.o1621088101hadi.1621088101whd@t1621088101oDwol1621088101leY1621088101 with your full name and mailing address. You can also obtain a kit from either Gritman information desk or Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Stations No. 1 and No. 3.

Learn More About the Idaho Yellow Dot Program