IDOT launches 2013 Yellow Dot program
success of previous year, encourages all residents to participate
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[October 20, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois
Department of Transportation, joined by the Sangamon County Health
Department, first responders and local participants, kicked off the
2013 Yellow Dot program on Thursday. Due to the successful
introduction of the program in 2011, the speakers highlighted the
results of last year's program and encouraged all residents of
Illinois to take part in this simple, lifesaving initiative.
"We want everyone to understand and receive the benefits of the
Yellow Dot program," said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L.
Schneider. "Many children have allergies or disorders, and by having
detailed medical information readily available to first responders,
it could potentially save a child's life."
The Yellow Dot program
is a traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with
critical personal information necessary to treat victims at the
crash site. Because the first hour, or the "golden hour," following
an injury is the most crucial, this information can mean the
difference between life and death.
Last year's media event introduced the program with special focus
on the benefits to the elderly. To start this year's program, IDOT
is stressing the importance of Yellow Dot for everyone, especially
for children with serious health issues or conditions.
"Preventing disease, illness and injury is the primary role of
public health. Preparing, as is promoted by the Yellow Dot program,
is a valuable tool in keeping families as safe as possible," said
Jim Stone, director of the Sangamon County Department of Public
"In the event of traumatic injury or any medical emergency, time
is always a factor. Plain and simply, the Yellow Dot program saves
time and lives," said Josh Ross, an EMT and operations manager of
America Ambulance. "We see more and more children with special needs
in the EMS field with hypersensitive allergies, taking special
medications and requiring special care. All of this information is
crucial in providing excellent pre-hospital and emergency room
Approximately 110,000 Yellow Dot packets have been distributed up
to this point. In addition, there have been several Yellow Dot
workshops where people can pick up packets, have their photo taken
for the packet and receive additional lifesaving traffic safety
Participants are supplied with a folder and a simple, bright
yellow decal for their car. The decal is placed in a conspicuous and
consistent place -- in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window
on the driver's side. The dot signifies there is a folder in the
glove compartment containing the following medical information about
the motorist: participant's name, current close-up photo, emergency
contact information, patient's physician information, medical
conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and a list of current
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"My grandchildren are the most important people in my life," said
Julie Cowgill, a program participant whose 4-year-old grandson,
Maddox, is a hemophiliac. "Because of the Yellow Dot program, my
family feels safe knowing Maddox will get the immediate medical
treatment he truly needs if he should ever be involved in a crash.
Yellow Dot sets our mind at ease -- knowing we've done everything we
can to quickly notify authorities of our grandson's condition."
Having access to this information allows first responders to make
important decisions regarding emergency treatment and can better
prepare emergency hospital staff in the receiving room.
The Yellow Dot program, funded by the U.S. Department of
Transportation, was originally introduced in Connecticut in 2002.
For more information on the program and to find a distribution
center near you, visit
www.yellowdotillinois.org. In Logan County, the Yellow Dot kit
is available through the Logan County Department of Public Health
and Chestnut EMS.
Illinois Department of
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