Program Illinois Yellow Dot Program Provides Emergency Responders with Crucial Medical Information


     The Park Ridge Police and Park Ridge Fire Departments are now participating in the Illinois Yellow Dot program, a life-saving, traffic safety initiative that provides first responders with critical information to improve emergency care for persons involved in vehicle crashes. IDOT along with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois Department of Aging (IDOA) and public safety  departments across the state are working together to increase awareness of the voluntary, federally funded program, and provide distribution centers and information for interested residents.
      Roadway safety has always been a priority for the Park Ridge Police Department. “The Yellow Dot program can help us improve roadway safety, locally, by quickly providing our first responders with the crucial medical information they need to more effectively treat injuries and ultimately save lives” said Frank Kaminski, Chief of Police.  
     The first moments following a vehicle crash and resulting injuries are the most crucial. The Yellow Dot program provides essential personal health information to emergency responders in order to promptly care for a crash victim.     Generally, when first responders arrive on the scene of a crash, they usually have basic, limited information. “This is a great opportunity for drivers to update their medical information and to provide information which will guide their emergency treatment in the event of an accident,” said Michael Zywanski, Park Ridge Fire Chief. The Yellow Dot program will serve as a lifeline to alert first responders of crucial medical information which can help the victims who may be unable to communicate at the crash site or may have forgotten to share the information.
     Yellow Dot participants are supplied with a simple, bright yellow decal for their car and a corresponding yellow folder.  The decal is placed in a conspicuous and consistent place – in the lower left-hand corner of the rear window, driver’s side. The yellow dot signifies there is a folder in the glove compartment containing the following medical information about the motorists: participant’s name, close-up photo, emergency contact information, patient’s physician information, medical conditions, recent surgeries, allergies and a list of current medications. Having access to this information allows first responders to, quickly and more accurately, make important decisions regarding emergency treatment and serves to 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. The Park Ridge Police Department and both Park Ridge Fire Departments are now registered distribution centers.  For more information on the program   

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