You’ll soon see more cars in Illinois displaying large yellow dot decals in their rear windows. And those dots will help save lives.
Illinois launched recently its voluntary Yellow Dot program. Participants receive a bright yellow decal for their cars and a corresponding yellow folder. They place the decal in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s rear window. They put their basic medical information and a close-up photo in the folder, which is kept in the glove compartment.
If you’re in an accident and can’t respond, the decal lets first-responders know that your medical information is in the glove compartment. Because the first hour following an injury is the most crucial, the Yellow Dot program provides essential personal health information to emergency responders in order to promptly care for crash victims.
“Any time and especially in emergency situations that the doctor can have relevant, up-to-date, accurate health information on the patient being treated, it’s a good thing,” said Scott Boston, MD, a physician in Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department and partner with Midwest Emergency Department Specialists.
“When patients are incapacitated and not able to give you the information themselves, having this document readily available that is current and up-to-date will certainly allow us to optimize healthcare in the Emergency Department.”
Yellow Dot packets are available at county health departments. For more information, visit YellowDotIllinois.org.