Arrive Alive

Identification Of A Patient

ER24

Identification of a Patient / Accident Victim

In the event of an accident or a medical emergency it is often a stranger who comes to your rescue.  A major concern for many people is personal identification and the notification of family members of such an event.

These strangers who come into our lives are everyday heroes and real life detectives. First and foremost their job is to save a life but once the patient is stabilised they have to identify the patient, enquire about medical aid and often contact family members.

This can be done in numerous ways, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.

The most obvious is to locate a wallet with medical aid card, driver’s license or other form of identification. If the emergency personnel were not first on scene this may have been stolen by bystanders.

If lucky, the accident or emergency could be in the vicinity of home or work where the patient is easily identifiable. Then a bystander may be able to provide emergency personnel with the relevant information.

 

In our technology driven world the cell phone has been invaluable in assisting. Internationally the acronym I.C.E ( In Case of Emergency) is used to identify a contact person on an individuals cell phone for such an event. 

In the event of a motor vehicle accident, if Metro Police are on scene the patient may be identified by tracing the number plates. This is only helpful if the driver is the registered owner of the motor vehicle.

Last but not least, bracelets, identification badges and ER24 SWEATSAFE has also assisted where all other methods have failed.

As mentioned before, this is real life detective work and can be challenging for an emergency personnel who have numerous tasks to complete in a short space of time in a largely uncontrolled environment.

Also visit the following sections:

Loading...

Search Road Safety Articles

Latest Pages

Hijack Prevention Guidelines

Hijack Prevention Guidelines

Introduction: It has become increasingly difficult to steal motor vehicles with all the anti-theft devices, such as immobilisers, gear locks, etc. These steps have resulted in a dramatic increase in vehicle hijackings. The hijacker has the element of surprise and this is a concern. The increasing

Read More

ABC of Accident and Crash Investigation

ABC of Accident and Crash Investigation

Stanley Bezuidenhout is an internationally experienced crash investigator, crime scene analyst, court expert, author, trainer, and public speaker. He has committed more than 20 years of his extensive career to crash investigation and expert services in many countries, including the SADC Region of Africa,

Read More

Analysis of crashing into a heap of sand through crash investigation

Analysis of crashing into a heap of sand through crash investigation

A Dashcam video has been doing the rounds on Social Media, showing the driver of a Jeep driving on the R30 between Bothaville and Odendaalsrus on Friday, 20 May 2022, in darkness. The video shows the time to be 05h26 and the vehicle to be driving at a speed of 100Km/h. The next minute, a literal heap

Read More

Road Safety Conferences

Road Safety Conferences

The Arrive Alive website supports those individuals and institutions who take the initiative to arrange road safety conferences in South Africa. We believe that this contributes to greater awareness of road safety and could assist in planning effective road safety strategies. 14th Annual Leadership

Read More

Standard Bank and Fuel Cards, Fleet Cards and Safety from Fraud

Standard Bank and Fuel Cards, Fleet Cards and Safety from Fraud

What are the best measures from the side of the bank to combat fraud with a garage/ petrol card? A robust and state of the art fleet management system is key to assisting customers to manage fleet expenses and combat fraud. In 2010 Standard Bank Fleet Management pioneered and led an industry initiative

Read More

Safe Driving in Heavy Traffic

Safe Driving in Heavy Traffic

Introduction As urbanisation drives many to the cities and vehicle ownership increases, road users have to prepare themselves with the skills and attitude required to drive in heavy traffic much more often. Heavy traffic could be caused by numerous factors including: Usual rush-hour /

Read More

Load More Pages

Partners

View All