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Sheriff's Office launches program that could save lives - 'Yellow Dot'


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By JOHN SERFUSTINI
Sun Advocate editor emeritus

The Carbon County Sheriff's Department is launching a program that could save lives in vehicle crashes. It is the Yellow Dot Program, a simple idea that is gaining acceptance state-by-state across the nation.

As Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff explained it at the Senior Citizen Center Wednesday, the service is exactly what the name implies. It is a simple yellow dot decal that a person can stick in the left rear window of a vehicle. In the event of a wreck or some other calamity, an emergency responder can see the dot and know immediately that important medical information is available in the glove box.

That info is penciled in by the participating motorist on a bright yellow folder. It lists such things as medical conditions, medications, allergies and emergency contact information. Emergency medical technicians, fire and rescue workers and ambulance crews will then have the information they need to make decisions about the steps to take or avoid in critical situations. The information can be transported with the patient to the hospital emergency room.

Stefanoff said the program is for anyone who wants an emergency first responder to have information about a medical condition.

The Yellow Dot material is self-explanatory. The front cover of the folder has room for a recent photo and the inside pages have labeled lines for the pertinent information.

Packets will be available for free at the Sheriff's Office.

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