JP Cola – November 18,2018
See original article at: Lakeland Broadcasting
(Willmar MN-) A new app is designed to help medical personnel interact with people suffering from a variety of conditions. Law enforcement and EMTs will begin using the Vitals App next month. Vitals is a new technology designed to create safer interactions between users and first responders. It’s free, and you can download it from the Apple and Google Play stores. Willmar EMS Director Brad Hanson says “This app has the potential to help us better understand our patients and the situations we might be called into. It can be particularly helpful in settings were there may be a disability or an elderly person who has medical information that is vital for us to know as we arrive to help them.” The most common conditions and/or disabilities listed by existing users include mental health, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, autism, dementia, PTSD, diabetes, epilepsy, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, developmental, behavioral and intellectual. A total of 91 area first responders will be trained to use the app. When a Vitals user comes within 80 feet of an officer or first responder equipt with the service, the officer will get a notification about the person’s diagnosis and how they may best interact with them. Seed money to launch Vitals was raised through Willmar Police, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, United Way of West Central Minnesota and The Willmar Community foundation.