(NASHVILLE, TN), March 1, 2012 — Legislation establishing a voluntary “Yellow Dot” program in Tennessee to alert emergency medical personnel to important health information of the driver or a passenger was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this week. Senate Bill 2277, sponsored by Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville), is designed to assist citizens and first responders in the event of an automobile crash or other medical emergency involving the participant’s vehicle. The “Yellow Dot” program would be a free service provided to individuals of all ages, with an emphasis on senior citizens.
“This program can help save lives during the critical “golden hour” by improving communication at a time when accident victims may be unable to communicate for themselves,” said Senator Tracy. “Having this information following a crash helps first responders positively identify the person, get in touch with family or emergency contacts and ensures that the person’s current medications and pre-existing medical conditions are considered when treatment is administered for injuries.”
Participants of the program would receive a “Yellow Dot” decal, a “Yellow Dot” folder and an information form with the participant’s name, an identifying photo, emergency contact information, personal physicians’ information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and medications being used. A “Yellow Dot” decal on the driver’s side rear window of a vehicle alerts first responders to check in the glove compartment for the corresponding “Yellow Dot” folder.
“Time is critical in an emergency situation, added Tracy. “This important program would give emergency responders a unique and effective program, which could make the difference between life and death for individuals involved in crashes.”