Student's medical alert packets aid first responders - South Bend Tribune
LAPORTE Jessica Dove is in college studying to become an emergency responder but shes already working on saving lives.The LaPorte High School graduate has developed a simple-to-use product that provides medical information if a driver in need of assistance is unable to communicate.Im hoping its going to save a lot of lives, said Dove, a Mill Creek native and junior at Eastern Kentucky University, where she is double majoring in forensic science and arson investigations.Doves medic alert packet contains decals to be placed on a vehicles front and back windows. Theres also an index card to place in the vehicles glove box with a persons name, age, medical history and any medications to which they might be allergic.A police officer, paramedic or any other emergency responder would be instructed on the decals to look in the glove box for the data.Dove said she got the idea from visiting police stations, fire departments and other emergency responding agencies to hear about some of their concerns during her successful 2012 run for Miss Flame of Indiana, a contest sponsored by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.One of the main concerns first-responders shared with her was not knowing soon enough a patients medical history, said Dove, who comes from a family of firefighters.To that end, Andrew McGuire, director of the LaPorte County Emergency Medical Service, said quick access to medical information is potentially life-saving.Any little bit is helpful in those situations, McGuire said.The cost of each medic alert kit is $7. They can be ordered by going to squareup.com/store/mas-mv or calling her at 219-851-8762 or e-mailing her at email@example.com.Dove, who hopes to help pay her student loans with any profit, said shes already sold about a dozen of the kits since first making them available April 1. Shes in the process of lining up more sales with emergency responder groups and other organizations in Alabama, California and possibly Mississippi.