LATEST RESEARCH ON IDENTIFICATION
CrisisOnCall completed a follow-up study on identification in January 2009. It was shocking to realise just how badly people depended on a medical aid sticker on the windscreen. Please do yourself a favour and go and take a look at your windscreen sticker. Do you see your medical aid number on it? Definitely not! Take into further account that windows frequently break and then a person realises that the sticker means exactly nothing.
Research during January 2009:
39% of the public participating in the research is of the opinion that a medical aid vehicle sticker has enough information. 100% of paramedics participating were of the opinion that a medical aid vehicle sticker is of no use. 78% of the paramedics also indicated that they do not even look at a vehicle sticker.
93% of the participation public carry their medical aid card in their purse/handbag. In only 40% of all accidents paramedics obtain medical aid cards from a purse or handbag. In 44% of the time medical aid cards can for various reasons not be obtained by paramedics.
Paramedics also indicated that in 75% of the time it is very difficult to obtain a medical aid card at a serious accident.
Paramedics also stated that they all have the experience where patients tell them that they have a medical aid card but it cannot be obtained.
In 92% of the time where no medical aid card is available a private hospital will not accept the patient. 8% indicated that they had previous cases where private hospitals stabilized patients and then refer them to a provincial hospital.
The paramedics all agree, the CrisisOnCall arm band is the option for the future.
This research confirms research done in 1999/2000.