Gritman, Moscow Fire Join Yellow Dot Emergency Care Program
Gritman Press Release
MOSCOW ― The simple act of knowing a patient’s basic medical information can make all the difference for first responders called to provide life-saving care in an emergency. Gritman Medical Center and the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department have joined a new initiative to further ensure those first minutes count.
The Idaho Yellow Dot Program, funded through the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency System of the Department of Health and Welfare, encourages motorists to share life-saving medical information on a form in their glove compartment. A small yellow decal placed on the car’s rear window cues paramedics to look for the form.
“If something happens and you’re having a medical emergency, this gives permission to whoever comes upon you to go into your glove box and get help,” Gritman Emergency Department Director Nicole Wheaton said.
Wheaton plays a leadership role in the state’s administration of the program, serving as Region 2 Chair of the Idaho Time Sensitive Emergency Council. The council is providing kits free to Idahoans so emergency medical providers like Wheaton can continue providing exceptional care regardless of whether a patient is able to answer questions.
Gritman is working with the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department to spread the word about the new program.
“It is helpful to responders if there is an emergency,” Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Division Chief Debby Carscallen said. “If they can’t speak for themselves, we have more information.”
In addition to personal information like first and last name, the form asks for:
- A current photo
- Medical conditions and/or recent surgeries
- Names of medications
- Physician and pharmacy information
- Emergency contact information
Yellow Dot kits can be requested by sending an email to YellowDot@dhw.idaho.gov with the requestor’s full name, mailing address and number of kits needed. A limited number of kits are also available at either Gritman Medical Center information desk or Moscow Volunteer Fire Department Stations No. 1 and No. 3.