- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) - Officials are rolling out a new program across Tennessee to help first responders treat patients with medical issues.

The initiative called the Yellow Dot Program aims to quickly make first responders aware of medical information when they respond to emergencies such as car crashes.

Lawmakers approved the program in 2012 and the Kingsport Times-News (https://bit.ly/1yNW0F3) reports enrollment sites are being set up around the state.

It is free, but participants are required to enroll.

Those who want to participate have to fill out a form with their medical information and a photo and put the information in their glove box. They also receive a yellow dot sticker to put on their vehicle’s rear driver’s side window, which alerts first responders that they have a medical issue.

First responders have been trained to look in the glove box when then see a yellow dot on a vehicle.

“I think this is extremely important,” said Spring Thompson, executive director of Wellington Place of Colonial Heights, a designated enrollment site in Kingsport. “There are a lot of times where mistakes can be made inadvertently.”

Although the program is geared toward senior citizens, anyone with a medical issue can enroll.

Barry Simmons, sales manager for Wellington Place, said the process to sign up is fairly simple, but people need to bring along pertinent information such as their medical condition, their doctor’s name and phone number and medications they are taking.

Simmons encourages everyone with a medical issue to sign up, noting that he has put a yellow dot on his car.

“I’m diabetic,” he said. “I would want them (emergency responders) to know that so they don’t give me an IV full of sugar.”

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Information from: Kingsport Times-News, https://www.timesnews.net


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