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Ohio Senate Bill 91 introduces Yellow Dot Program for drivers

Have you ever stopped to think about what would happen if you were in an accident and unable to relay your medical history or medication schedule to the paramedics and medical professionals who treat you? If you answered "no," you aren't alone. Many people don't think about how medical professionals need access to medical information for patients after accidents. Of course, some people wear medical alert bracelets that can contain basic information, but not everyone does.

Senate Bill 91 is aimed at making it easy for motorists to let emergency medical professionals know about their medical history. If passed, this bill would implement a program in which drivers could place a yellow sticker on the rear window of their car. This alerts EMTs and emergency responders to look in the glove box of the vehicle for basic medical information and medical contact information.

The program would be voluntary, so it would be up to drivers to decide if they want to participate. People showing support for the program say that it could help to let first responders know if a patient has a history of strokes, seizures or other medical issues. They say that the Yellow Dot Program could help them out at times when seconds count. It would take away at least part of the guessing game these first responders go through when they arrive on an accident scene.

The program is already working in other states, including Illinois, Virginia and New York. If passed in Ohio, patients could get better care on scene since the treatment could be tailored around known medical issues or current medications.

As unpleasant as it is to think about, some people in accidents might suffer from injuries that render them unconscious. Those victims, and anyone else injured in an accident, have the right to seek compensation for those injuries.

Source: WBNS 10, "Yellow Dot Program Could Be The Key To Saving More Ohio Drivers When An Accident Occurs" Kevin Landers, Feb. 27, 2015

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