When you participate in a race, do you always have someone with you? Someone that knows you as good as or better than you know yourself. Chances are the answer is "no". So how will anyone get critical information on you if you are involved in an on track incident, or have a medical emergency and are unable to communicate! Information like your: Medications, Blood type, Allergies, pertinent medical history, emergency contact names and numbers. The fire department has available to them a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) book located in any property housing Hazardous Materials. This information is paramount to the success of firefighters handling the emergency. The same could be done for medical and contact information for a racer. There could be a common place (i.e. on the wall just inside the trailer door) and in the event of an incident, an official could be dispatched there for the info. The only problem with having the info on your person is that it could be compromised/damaged as part of the incident (fire, trauma, discarded, etc.) and the EDI (Emergency Driver Information) (I just thought that one up, LOL) would contain much more detailed information for Medical personnel. This could alleviate any pause (for possible reaction testing) in the rapid treatment/actions of the Emergency and/or Trauma staff. Time is critical and seconds count in these situations!
Wade Mahaffey 2/15/10