About the Kids Foundation was founded by Joseph A. Ekman eight years ago. Ekman learned that it incredibly tedious to search through the innumerable websites that exist in order to locate the topic he was interested in, so he organized his topic into a collection. He advanced his idea with other topics as well.
In 2011, Joseph fine-tuned once again and created a National Emergency Standard Card; a very important aspect in his mission for About the Kids. He did so after having a cardiac device implanted in his chest.
Since there was no national emergency standard in place at the time that the cards were created, these cards were to provide that critical-style information. Joseph Ekman reported, “The lack of adequate, easy accessible medical data in critical care circumstances is a glooming defect in our nation’s medical response system. With The Emergency Standard Card or ICE Standard app, first responders gain immediate access to the person’s most important information, to quickly establish a patient’s medical baseline.”
This wallet-sized card was designed so that it provides first responders with necessary medical and personal information for when they arrive at the scene of an accident, fire, a person is unconscious, or for high school athletes that get injured. The cards follow a three color-coded process; each color depicts an instant status for up-to-date medical information of the individual whose card it is.
The cards provide insurance data, blood type, power of attorney and healthcare directives. For safety purposes, this identification device contains a photo ID as well.
Each card sells for $5.00. The amount is tax-deductible as it will serve as a donation to About the Kids Foundation. Sometimes medical flex plans will cover the cards. Whatever the cost, the cards will prove most beneficial against the ongoing effort to save lives. If the cards are utilized correctly, they will help to reduce misdiagnosis, improper emergency care, unnecessary expenses and will be able to save lives.
In conjunction with the National Emergency Standard Cards, About the Kids Foundation also introduced a companion iPhone application. The app is free for download at the Apple App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ice-standard-the-emergency/id412786820?mt=8&ls=1#.
Parents should be able to feel more secure when their child carries this card since paramedics, EMT's, fire departments, school districts, police departments, innocent bystanders, and other emergency response teams, as well as government officials, insurance providers, corporate sponsors and consumers now have access to information that could make or break a child’s future life.
To check into The Emergency Standard Card, phone (408) 736-4266 or go to http://www.EmergencyStandard.com. As a parent, it will certainly help with your peace of mind – especially when your child is not travelling with you!