This little mustard-shaped can saves lives 2

This little mustard-shaped can saves lives

In an emergency container, patients can collect medically important information. In an emergency, an important source of information for rescue services. Why is it in the fridge?

Mareike Patock



Stand on 09.09.2019, 17:21

Spenge. As big as a mustard jar, it fits in the refrigerator door – and can save lives in an emergency: a white-and-green emergency box. Patients can collect all medically important information: for example, about an allergy or medication. An emergency source is an essential source of information. Since 2014, there has been a small framework – action across the country. However, they did not find the right distribution. "Neighborhood Development in Spenge," Martinsstift and the City Council on Older Persons want to change that now and make the emergency department better known – especially for the elderly. Proponents also do a rescue service, explaining why a small box can be a lifesaver, what patient information is there – and why the document box just needs to be refrigerated. Quick access to all documents If an ambulance is requested, they depend on basic patient information so that they can begin fine-tuned treatment on site. What medication does the patient take? Who is the family doctor? Are there drug allergies or pre-existing illnesses? Is there a living will and where to find it? However, sometimes the patient himself is no longer able to provide all of this information in the event of a case. And it's also an emergency for relatives when the rescue service has to enter the house. It is then not possible to directly download the required information and have all the documents at hand. Two small stickers show the way. The solution is an emergency box. It contains a leaflet in which the patient can enter all medically relevant information: Here he can state what diseases, allergies and intolerances he has, what operations he has, what medications he takes daily, where he maintains his will or the organ donor card for which blood type he has or with whom urgently contact. Two small stickers direct the lifeguards to the Infobox: they are affixed to the inside of the front door and to the refrigerator. Dennis Langeleh is an employee of the Spenge County Rescue Station. He cannot on one hand count the number of missions in which he found such an emergency box. In these cases, however, "we have had very positive experiences with this," he emphasizes. "It makes our job easier and we can act faster." As in the data repository, all relevant information is collected on an emergency basis. This was a "huge relief" for rescuers, as they would not have to first diligently collect data. Therefore the box should be kept in the refrigerator An emergency box in the refrigerator should be useful. Because a refrigerator is present in every household, Langeleh says. Matthias Kramer, head of Spenger Martinsstift, also welcomes the emergency tank: In an emergency, it enables rescuers to respond faster. Particularly for people who lived alone, this makes sense. Here is an emergency cannery The Diakoniestiftung Herford District Development – a project that promotes the good life of old age and is supported by the German TV Lottery – wants to allow the emergency service to be explained as well. Among other things, she and the Spenge City Council for the Elderly would like to inform about the project at the Mobil ohne Auto action next Sunday. At their booth at Spenger ZOB, then the emergency containers are handed over against donation. Otherwise, you can buy small lifeguards at pharmacies. Or they are against donating to Spenger Martinsstift. Further information at