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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 6:00 pm

In the event of a medical emergency, firefighters and first responders need access to residents’ medical information.

With MedStats, a new program for Ahwatukee Foothills seniors, that information will now be more accessible.

Through the Senior Advocacy Group for Ahwatukee Seniors (SAGA), the program will give free kits to seniors that include emergency contact, physician information, insurance providers, primary medical conditions, and a list of medications and allergies. The kit is then placed on the resident’s refrigerator at all times.

“I think it’s going to help a lot of people,” said Linda Jochim, who came up with the idea to bring a program like this back to Ahwatukee.

Jochim, who works with SAGA and is a community outreach specialist for the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, said a similar program was available in the past, but has since failed.

While MedStats is still in its early stages, SAGA is working with fire battalions and public affairs officials to have the program sanctioned.

“They are really excited about it and said ‘this couldn’t be better, it’s going to save lives,’” Jochim said after meeting with the Phoenix Fire Department Public Affairs Office.

Once sanctioned, the kits will be able to feature the fire department’s logo, and residents who choose to use the kit, can place stickers on their front windows.

MedStats is currently being sponsored by the Ahwatukee Board of Management, the Rotary Club of Ahwatukee Foothills, and the Kiwanis Club. Fire battalions have also been notified of the new program.

The kits also include forms like DNR’s, living wills, and a power of attorney, which some residents may or may not choose to sign in the packet. But providing the other basic information is key in the case of an unconscious resident.

“People can fill out what they are comfortable with, but ultimately it will be a big help,” Jochim said.

For more information about MedStats, visit SAGA’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/SeniorSAGA or email sagawhatukee@gmail.com.

 

Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dmartinez@ahwatukee.com. Follow on Twitter: @_dianamartinez.

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