Beresford, Nigadoo, Petit-Rocher and Pointe-Verte launch the FrigoMed program
In Beresford on Thursday, representatives from the four municipalities, the BNPP regional police, the ambulance services and the fire brigades of these communities launched the FrigoMed program.
This project is the result of the action plan of the Beresford MADA committee and is a regional initiative in which the three neighboring municipalities were invited to participate.
This program provides residents with tools to effectively communicate their health status to first responders. A kit, containing a sign to be placed in the window and on the refrigerator, will indicate to the first responder the presence of an envelope containing a personalized medical card with a medical history, a list of medications taken and emergency contacts.
Although this initiative was initiated by the MADA committee, the kits are not reserved only for seniors, anyone can obtain a kit at the receptions of the four municipalities.
‘Our MADA committee, as well as our city, works for the well-being of our citizens and an initiative like FrigoMed allows us to offer a simple and effective method to simplify the tasks of first responders during an emergency and possibly save lives. I would like to thank the MADA committee, the first responders and the other municipalities that collaborated in the project.’ Edgar Aubé, Mayor of Beresford.
The program was set up with the collaboration of first responders.‘Obtaining a person’s medical history quickly can be crucial when assisting someone in their home, this program will help us respond more efficiently and save precious seconds in the first moments of an intervention.’ Roger Clavet, Chief of the BNPP Regional Police.
What is FrigoMed?
First responders may arrive on a call where a person is unconscious or has difficulty communicating. The FrigoMed program is a personalized medical card, on which you have your medical history, the list of medications you are taking and your emergency contact information that you will place either on or in your fridge. This will allow first responders to see if you are taking any medication and the dosage, if you have had any major surgery in the last few months and if you have any allergies.
How does it work?
Residents of the Town of Beresford are invited to go at the Beresford Town Hall to pick up the kit. In this kit, you will find
- – 2 copies of the form to fill out
- – A sticker to put on your window
- – A magnet to place on your fridge
- – Two stickers to put on the envelope (or bag) where your form will be