That's why Quick Response (QR) codes, such as MyInfo911 emergency identification cards and stickers, are being adopted by school-age students to improve safety.
One of the most common accidents involving students is an auto collision.
In these tough economic times, budget cuts are affecting the funding of school buses, causing more and more students to seek alternative methods of commuting such as walking, biking or skateboarding. This increases the chances of a student being in a street accident.
Another common type of accident in schools is a sports-related injury. Every year, millions of school children under the age of 14 are injured while involved in sports activities like soccer, baseball, football, basketball and cheerleading.
Of these, around 775,000 students are sent to the hospital for emergency treatment. Injuries range from collisions, and overexertion, to falls.
One of the biggest problems facing first responders during an emergency is lack of information. Most students do not have proper identification, making it difficult for medical professionals to find pertinent details, especially if the student is unconscious or cannot speak.
It is not only necessary to be able to identify the child and notify the next of kin, but also to avoid adverse drug reactions (ADR) that can occur if existing medical conditions such as allergies are not known.
It is especially important for first responders to know as much as possible about the patient, so the proper treatment can be used or improper treatment can be avoided. In an emergency situation when every second counts, having access to records so quickly can mean the difference between life or death.
The MyInfo911 cards and stickers contain the student's name, photo, QR code and a 3-digit EMT access number. The cards featuring the QR codes can be affixed to bags with a key ring attachment or placed in a wallet. Stickers can be placed on bags, lunchboxes, wristbands, bikes, skateboards and helmets.
The QR codes are two-dimensional bar codes and can be scanned using mobile phones or scanners. The cards and stickers also contain URLs which can be accessed through a computer in case a mobile phone is not available.
When scanning the QR code, emergency responders access vital personal and medical data such as birth date, emergency contact numbers, blood type, allergies, medications and many more. This ensures that proper care is given and errors due to misinformation are avoided. Also, as soon as the card is activated because of someone scanning the QR code, the child's emergency contact person is notified immediately.
Data associated with the QR code can be updated online if necessary and the parent can choose which details they want to provide. The QR code can also be used to track medications, prescriptions and vaccinations.
With the help of emergency ID cards and QR codes, the safety of school children can be increased. Immediate access to a student's important medical data through QR codes could help tremendously in ensuring that the child gets the appropriate medical treatment in times of danger.
MyInfo911 was started in October 2010 and is based in Palm Coast Florida. They specialize in using QR code technology in identification for medical purposes.
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