Program trains first responders about special needs children
ST. LOUIS (AP) - First responders in Missouri are being trained as part of a new program to care for children with special needs.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Shelby Cox and Tricia Casey developed the Special Needs Tracking and Awareness Response System, also known as STARS, last summer. The system identifies each special-needs child within a district with a number, which emergency dispatchers can relay to ambulance crews.
First responders can use that number to look up a child's medical information in the system's database.
Cox said that doctors asked her to see how care could be improved for children with special needs as they are transported to the hospital. She said the system was created because first responders needed detailed information and preparation before an emergency takes place.
The cost of supplies and training is covered by a $28,000 grant from the city and county health departments.