Medical emergencies are not only scary; they can also be deadly if emergency personnel do not have adequate information about the victim’s age, conditions, and medications. In 2010, the Florida-based company MyInfo911 entered the world of medical identification cards to help remedy such situations. Their products quickly rose to the top, and now the company has added a GPS feature for even more peace of mind during an emergency.
Every year, there are almost 125 million visits to the emergency room; approximately one-third of those are directly related to injuries from sporting events, outdoor activities, or home accidents. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that there are 106,000 deaths each year from the negative effects of medication with another 225,000 deaths due to medical errors in general. The victims range in age from the newly born to the elderly, and they come from all walks of life in all areas of the country.
As has already been mentioned, the consequences of medical personnel not having the right information before treating someone can be deadly. That is why MyInfo911 has gone to such lengths to develop thorough and up-to-date medical ID cards. The front of the card gives the person’s name and a Quick Response (QR) code as well as a picture ID. The back lists the person’s year of birth, blood type, allergies, medical conditions, medications, and emergency contact information. The QR code can be scanned by any smart phone to retrieve the same information. Once the code is scanned, an automatic alert notification is sent to the contacts listed on the victim’s card. By adding GPS tracking technology, emergency responders can input the location of the emergency or the medical facility to which the victim is being transported. The feature even provides a link to a map with driving directions.
Small Price, Big Relief
Whether the card is for an aging parent, a working spouse, or an active child, the price is well worth the peace of mind. To process the card and maintain the service is only $39.95 for the first year with a $9.95 fee for each year thereafter. The kit comes with a wallet-sized medical ID card, equipped with GPS tracking technology, along with three weather-resistant ID stickers that can be applied to a vehicle, a bicycle, a helmet, a backpack, or any other personal effect. Additional cards and key tags can be purchased for a low cost as well.
No one knows when they will be involved in accident or whether they will be conscious and able to speak to first responders. The MyInfo911 ID card provides all the information needed to adequately and carefully treat the holder, and the GPS tracking feature provides quick notification to loved ones so that hopefully the emergency will not be quite so scary.