My Vehicle Sticker

Vehicle stickers are ineffective because of the following reasons:

  • Many medical aid funds provide stickers with the funds; name and an emergency number – without a membership number, or any identification of who the member is!
  • The sticker does not apply to any specific occupant of the vehicle either.
  • Stickers exclude important medical information like medical conditions, allergies and chronic medications.
  • To compound the problem of car stickers being an ineffective means of identification, vehicles are regularly sold with the stickers left attached to the window. The new owner might in fact also add another sticker to the window.
  • In severe accidents windows are broken and the sticker on the window will also be in pieces.

A vehicle sticker is therefore unreliable, unnecessary and ineffective. In fact, most paramedics ignore the vehicle stickers.

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License Disc on Car Window:

According to law all vehicle licenses must be added on the windowscreen of the vehicle. To add a smart code at the back of a license disc have the following restrictions:

  • The windscreen is normally the first window to shatter. The license disk will then be in pieces or removed from the vehicle as result of the impact of the accident.
  • The smart code can only be read by a smartphone. Not everyone has access to a smart phone and the process waists time.
  • The license disc does not link to a specific person in the vehicle. (Even if a photo is added it will not always be possible to recognise a patient, as patients with a head injuries are normally covered with blood and have other head injuries.)
  • Trauma does not only happen in vehicles. (A license disk is linked to a specific vehicle.)
  • When a vehicle is sold the license disc stays with the vehicle and the new owner can thus not be linked to the information on the disc.
  • Access to cell phone networks are slow in many areas or do not exist. (TIME = LIFE)
  • Paramedics prefer a system where two way communication is available.

Glen Preston B.Tech paremedic from Hibiscus Med-Evac Service (South Coast) wrote that the scanning of a bar code attached to the windscreen of the vehicle, as with the challenges regarding shatterig of windscreens, are hampered by slow or unavailable cell phone networks thus making the system cumbersome and ineffective in the battle to save critically injured patients. 

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