– The MediPal Seatbelt ID – Saving Time Saves Lives
Does the patient have a chronic health condition?
Does the patient have any kind of allergies?
Is the patient on any medication(s)? What are they?
Has the patient had any recent surgeries?
Emergency First Responders have questions and the MediPal Seatbelt ID has answers.
Why are the answers to those (and other) questions important? Because knowledge of a patient’s health condition can lead to faster and more appropriate emergency medical treatment. Furthermore, critical patient information can be vitally important to pass on to any receiving hospital. Here are some of the chronic health conditions emergency first responders want to be aware of:
The MediPal Seatbelt ID is a simple and comprehensive medical ID that wraps around your seatbelt and slides to any comfortable position. By virtue of its location on your seatbelt, the MediPal ID can better capture the attention emergency first responders at the scene of a traffic accident and thus offer immediate access to your health condition, emergency contacts, etc.
Inside each MediPal ID is a tri-fold health profile form that has been filled out by the user, (or guardian). There is ample room for noting allergies, medications, recent surgeries, blood type, etc. The user can fill this information out by hand, or download a PDF version which can be filled out using a computer. The user can save their Health Profile form to their computer and can return anytime to update their information. (MediPal Inc. never has access to the user’s information.) The Health Profile form is printed and inserted it into the MediPal ID holder and is ready to be placed around the seatbelt with Velcro® attachment. There is also a designated spot for placing a small photo of the user to reduce the chances of confusion when/if there are multiple passengers.
We believe the MediPal Seatbelt ID is the fastest and simplest way to communicate comprehensive information to emergency first responders at the scene of a traffic accident. We made an important discovery while interviewing emergency personnel here in California and across many state lines; searching for a patient’s cell phone is a very low priority for emergency first responders. Typically, a cell phone is the first item to go missing at the time of the accident impact. This is due to the fact that cell phones are more often ejected outside the vehicle or thrown to the rear of the vehicle.**
If you are considering buying a high-tech medical ID requiring a first responder to scan a QR code, (or another symbol), you may want to consider if you will always have reliable internet connectivity while out on the road. The MediPal Seatbelt ID remains as simple as possible and requires no internet connectivity or passcodes.
Emergency First Responder treatment protocol– At the scene of a traffic accident, depending on the situation they are faced with, first responders typically do a quick visual body scan of their patient(s), looking for injuries, and possibly some form of medical ID, such as ID jewelry. As one firefighter/paramedic explained to us, information about a patient has got to be right in front of their face where it is obvious and can be seen by emergency personnel. If a medical ID catches their eye, they will pause to take a look at it. But if it’s not right in front of their face during initial patient assessment, they adhere to a standard emergency treatment protocol as they have been trained to do.**
**Information provided through personal interviews with numerous Firefighters and Emergency First Responders throughout the U.S.
The MediPal ID can be utilized in many ways. Along with the Velcro® attachment there is also an elastic arm band to offer versatility while you are on-the-go. We do recommend that our customers keep one MediPal Seatbelt ID on their seatbelt simply to avoid the possibility of the MediPal ID being removed and the user forgetting to return it to its intended location, on their seatbelt.
- Every day in the U.S. 6,693 vehicle occupants are injured in traffic accidents.
- Every day 69 vehicle occupants die from a traffic accident in the U.S
- According to NHTSA data 37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from calendar year 2015. (info collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia)
Source: NHTSA, 2016 daily stats average. https://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/People/PeopleAllVictims.aspx 2016
Quick Facts: https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/usdot-releases-2016-fatal-traffic-crash- data
Defensive driving skills save lives by preventing accidents.
The MediPal Seatbelt ID helps EMTs save lives in the event of an accident.
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“I would be very pleased to come on scene and find the MediPal Seatbelt ID. Information about an individual can influence how they are treated by paramedics and where their destination will be if further treatment is necessary.”
Mathew Price – Firefighter/Paramedic, San Diego CA