A new program has been implemented by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department that will help first responders provide better life-saving medical attention.
The new program, Yellow Dot, is a kit that contains a medical information card and a yellow dot decal that will be utilized by first responders in the critical first hour of treatment.
The way the program works is simple. A Yellow Dot kit can be obtained at the Jefferson County Public Safety Building, or online at www.nysheriffs.org/yellowdot. Once the information in the kit is filled out, the one page document will be placed in the glove compartment of the vehicle and the yellow dot decal in the back driver’s side window.
In the case of an emergency, a first responder will look for the yellow dot and retrieve the information out of the glove box. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the first hour or ‘golden hour’ is the most critical time for treatment.
The information will allow for first responders to view any pre-existing conditions and assist in life saving measures.
At the scene of an emergency at a home, the kit will work the same way. The yellow dot decal will be placed on or near the front door and the vital information in the freezer.
The program was originally set up in Connecticut in 2002 by the People’s United Bank, which has spread across the country.
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