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Red Dot Program
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You are home when a medical emergency occurs.  You DIAL 911.  Firefighters and Paramedics arrive and begin emergency care. They also start asking you and/or your family members what seems to be a tremendous amount of questions.  
  • What is your Medical History?
  • What Medications do you take? Amount or dose? When? 
  • Do you have any Allergies?
  • Do you have a DNRO, (Do Not Resuscitate Order) or Advanced Directives?
  • Who are your emergency contacts?
How can you remember all of your information? Emergency responders need this important information to care for you as quickly and efficiently as possible.  
Charlotte County Fire & EMS, Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Punta Gorda Fire/Police Departments and Englewood Area Fire Control District recognize this problem and that’s why the Red Dot Medical Information Program was created. This information is not only extremely helpful in medical emergencies but when a call is made to law enforcement agencies for assistance as well. This quick and easy Red Dot Medical Information Form​ is filled out before an emergency occurs.
The top section of the form is placed in a red magnetic holder which is placed on the front of your refrigerator. The bottom copy of the form is mailed to 911 in the self - addressed envelope. Upon receipt of your Red Dot form , the E911 Staff will enter your information into the 911 computers. At the time of your emergency, 911 dispatchers will provide the emergency responders your important information while responders are enroute to your home. The 2-inch self - adhesive RED DOT is placed on the exterior of your entry door , just above the doorknob. This Red Dot adhesive dot along with the 911 dispatchers alerts emergency responders of the Red Dot Medical Information Form on your refrigerator. Should your condition require hospital care, the Red Dot information form is transported with you to the hospital and copies are provided for the emergency room staff.
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