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New York State’s ‘Yellow Dot’ Could Save Your Life

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What would you do if you were in a car accident and unable to speak?  Would first responders know how to take care of you?

Out of the blue back in August I got incredibly sick with a flare up of a disease I’ve had since I was a kid called periorbital cellulitis.  Sometimes I know when it’s coming and other times I don’t.  This time I had no clue- it snuck up on me and I ended up in and out of the hospital for a week.

I got so sick that even now when I think about it, I get scared at the chance that the next time it happens it could be even worse. The other day as I drove by Lourde’s and thought back to the hours I spent there being treated, I also started thinking about what I’d do if something happened to me while I was driving and alone and if whatever happened to me left me unable to speak. What if nobody knew my medical allergies and conditions? One wrong anything could mean the difference between life and death.

This is where the Yellow Dot kit comes in handy and why I’m so glad it exists. Yellow Dot is an absolutely free program that helps first responders provide life-saving medical attention in the precious minutes during the first “golden hour,” the crritical time window when it’s most important a person receive successful treatment following a traumatic injury.

A Yellow Dot placed in the driver’s side rear window of your car lets first responders know that vital medical information about you and your family can be found in your car’s glove compartment.

There are a lot of Yellow Dot imposters who try to convince you that you have to pay to be part of the program.  That’s not true as New York State offers this program free of charge. If you’d like to learn more about how to get your hands on a Yellow Dot, check this out.

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