The Millbrook and District Lions’ Club has devised a new program to help residents and particularly seniors in times of medical emergency. Called “Message in a Bottle”, it involves the distribution of a kit consisting of a plastic vial, stickers and an information page to help Emergency First Responders when answering a medical call. The information page is completed by the recipient with all of their health information, medication, family history and emergency contact numbers, and the vial is then placed in the refrigerator with a bright green sticker. Similar stickers are placed on the outside of the fridge and the entrance door to the residence to notify Emergency First Responders of the vial’s existence and where to find the vital information it contains. The form outlines medical conditions, current medications and allergies of the victim and provides emergency contact information. By facilitating immediate access to this critical information, responders can readily assess the situation and begin immediate treatment and determine the appropriate response, eliminating unnecessary hospital trips and expediting hospital treatment when necessary by providing thorough information before the patient arrives. While the program is designed to help vulnerable members of the community, it is helpful to anyone in the event of an accident or medical emergency at home.
The kit will be distributed through the Millbrook Pharmacy and Community Care at no cost to the recipients. This program has already been successfully launched in a variety of communities, helping residents provide important information to emergency personnel during a crisis. Local Emergency Service staff has been advised of this program and are enthusiastic in its endorsement.