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J Someone to contact in anemergency by Patti Babcock The car screeches to a halt. Too late. The child riding his bike has been hit. A witness dials 9 l 1 on her car phone. Help is on the way. Emergency per- sonnel arrive rapidly, and the child is rushed to the nearest emergency room. None of the witnesses know the child. No one in the assembled crowd recognizes the child or his bike. There is no identification on the child. The bike is not registered. Sheriff' s personnel canvas the neighborhood to try to identify the child. Meanwhile, at the emer- gency room medical staff must determine if the child's inju- ries are life threatening. If not, they need parental permission to treat him. The child cannot give them any intbrmation. An unlikely scenario? No. Emergencies invoiving chil- dren, seniors, people who live alone or even a couple on holi- day are often complicated by lack of information. Even if the person has identification, finding family members or others who need to be notified can be a time consuming task. Many problems can arise in the interim. Most of us can think of one or more times in our own lives when we wish a loved one had been available in an emergency or when we wish we had been contacted sooner to help a family member or friend. Think about it. How long would it take to contact your family if you were involved in an accident. How long would it take to find you or another responsible relative if your child was hurt? If you have to think about it, the answer is, "too long." Melanie Briscoe, a Pahrumpian for over 20 years, thought about it. She was in the hospital recovery room following an appendectomy. Her husband was with her. A nurse called him BURRITO SUPREME S3.95 HOMEMADE CHILl S1.95 a't" .W ,Iml t11 alW il ill IB,,,....,..JW Phone Orders Welcome 727-4300 Hours 10 am to 7 pm Hwy 160 Valley View Plaza to the phone. He returned from the call to say he had to return to Pahrump immedi- ately. Their.son had been in- jured in a car roll over acci- dent. His injuries were not life threatening. The grand- mother, providing care dur- ing the parents' absence, could not sign for the boy's treatment. Treatment was delayed for the nearly two hours it took to notify the parent and have him drive from Las Vegas to Pahrump. When Briscoe attended a Family Identification Ser- vice seminar in Las Vegas where solutions to child pro- tection, notification, medical consent and other family se- curity and privacy problems were addressed, she knew this was a service needed in Pahrump. Briscoe's husband makes the daily commute to Las Vegas to work. She is the mother of two teenage sons .and a married daughter who j"4ives in Las Vegas where she attends UNLV. Her mother, a senior, lives locally. Her family is near and a lot of people know them, but Briscoe is aware this isn't enough in an emergency. Family IdentificatLon Service made so much sense to her, Briscoe resigned her position of nearly five years with the Nye County School District to become an "Inde- pendent Consultant." Privacy is assured as all the identification tags, cards, labels and stickers have a fam- ily identification number and THERE FOR YOU-Melanie Briscoe represents a service that gives children the comfort of knowing their parents frill be there when needed. an 800 emergency contact telephone number. Names, ad- dresses and telephone are protected and all information furnished to the service is con- fidential. This is how it works. If the family of the child on the bike belonged to FIS, a garment la- bel would have been found on his clothing and a property tag would have been affixed to his bike. His family I.D. number would have been on both tags with the 800 phone number. Emergency personnel would have called the 24-hour 800 number. An operator, at the San Diego communications center, would enter the I.D. number in her computer which would then generate the infor- mation furnished by the boy's parents. The operator would take the information and the caller's number, contact the parent's and give them the in- formation. They or whoever they had designated to act if they were unavailable would contact the callers. In the event medical consent was required, FIS could fax a copy of the consent document on file so treatment couid begin immedi- ately. Continued on page 24 ]1977 Celebrating 001997 20 Years Serving Pabrump/ 2nd Largest 'Jarnters lnsutum'e Aent in tte United 3"ta.t Worden's Insurance Agency PHONE QUOTES MORTGAGE NOTARY INSURANCE IMMEDIATE ISSUE SR22's ALL LINES BROKER AUTO" HOMEOWNERS MOBILE HOMES RECREATIONAL VEHICLES. LIFE. HEALTH COMMERCIAL. 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