I woke up on a Monday morning hearing the sad news that 2 participants died of heart attacks during the NYC Triathlon. This situation triggered some thinking in me during the next week or two and inspired the following. Note: I know there are mixed reviews out there on the use of QR codes, but I think they offer a simple and accessible way for all kinds and sizes of races to offer this kind of service.
Run, jog, swim, bike or walk. We all do it for different reasons, some to end a disease, others to remember a loved one and others simply because they like to compete. But there is one thing they have in common and that is the risk of having a medical emergency. With that in mind, QR Life Code is a system that would provide your Emergency Response Profile to Emergency Responders within minutes of an incident, which could save you life.
It’s a simple system that could be adopted by National and Local sport events to provide a faster and more accurate access to medical information like blood type, emergency contact, allergies, medical conditions, history, personal physician’s name, etc.
The idea is simple. Have a webpage with your Emergency Response Profile available in case you need help while participating in a sport event.
Each participant will fill out an online form at the same time they are signing up for the event with all their important medical information. This information is then saved in a database and linked to a personal QR code that will be printed on his or her participant Bib.
This database will be made accessible to Emergency Personnel by scanning the participants’ personal QR Life-code from their Bib. Every Emergency personnel will have a pre-approved QR Life-Code reader to ensure access to the participants’ medical information and the ability to forward that information to the awaiting hospital
The participant’s QR life-code can also be printed on temporary tattoos or stickers so they can be worn for the duration of the event.