PITTSBURG — A little yellow sticker at the edge of a car window could be a saving factor in some people's lives.
The yellow sticker signifies to a first responder that the driver or passengers have certain medical needs. Further documentation can be found in a yellow envelope in the glove box of the vehicle.
Pittsburg Lions Club is sponsoring the Kansas Yellow Dot Program to help with the Kansas state-wide initiative to bring awareness of drivers with medical conditions.
“The personnel and first responders can see the dot and tell that a person has a medical issue that they need to be aware of,” Pittsburg Lions Club President Lori Horton said.
Horton said the Kansas Yellow Dot Program Kit is for a driver who may have a disabling medical condition that could cause them to drive in an erratic manner or be important for emergency responders to know if that person is unable to communicate after an accident.
In emergencies, having the yellow sticker could help people get the medical assistance they need more promptly than otherwise. It could help with what medications the person is on, allergies and other medical related information.
“Sometimes time makes all the difference in helping that person out,” Horton said.
The yellow dot program has been around for several years, but the Pittsburg Lions Club has decided to revamp the program in the area.
Several yellow dot kits have been dropped off at the Ascension Via Christi Hospital and Horton said the group plans to continue sharing the kits with assisted living homes, senior citizen groups and other health care facilities.
People can request a kit at any time by contacting the Pittsburg Lions Club at pittsburglionsclub@gmail.com or 620-235-1454. There is no deadline to receive a kit and the sticker is known by emergency personnel statewide, Horton said.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.