First responders in Missouri use phone feature to help save lives

  • Source: KFVS-TV 12 CBS Cape Girardeau
  • Published: 05/23/2019 12:00 AM

According to some Heartland first responders, a feature on your smart phone could save your life. “Medical ID” shows information about your health, especially important if you’re ever unresponsive or unable to communicate. “Everybody never thinks it’s going to happen to them until it’s done,” said Quentin Goode, Stoddard County Ambulance District EMT and Strike Team. He’s referring to needing emergency medical assistance for any reason. That’s when the “Medical ID” phone feature comes in handy for first responders. “You pretty much are going into it blind. So not knowing any of the patient’s information, whether their allergic to something to any medication that we’d be giving in route," he said. Captain Jamie Holcomb, EMD, EMT-B for Stoddard County, described it like a tech-savvy medical bracelet. “In the event that a person’s unresponsive, this can be a vast amount of knowledge into a person’s medical history,” said Holcomb.



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