For Immediate Release
February 9, 2017
For more information contact:
Angela de Rocha
Director of Communications
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
TOPEKA -- The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services’ (KDADS) has partnered with sponsors in Douglas County to launch Operation Red File Thursday. Operation Red File is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.
“It’s important to keep copies of key medical records at hand in case of an emergency. Operation Red File makes those records instantly recognizable to first responders,” said KDADS Acting Secretary Tim Keck. “This is life-saving information that provides an extra level of protection for older Kansans and those with disabilities when it is most critical.”
Secretary Keck will attend this event and encourages anyone interested in participating in the program to come meet KDADS staff and many of the event sponsors at Arbor Court Retirement Community at Alvamar, 1510 Saint Andrews Drive in Lawrence from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsors contributing to bringing this program to Douglas County are Angels Care Home Health, Amerigroup, Arbor Court Retirement Community at Alvamar, Checkers Foods, LawrenceHits.com, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Midland Care, Sunflower Health Plan and United Healthcare.
Midland Care Director of Patient Access Brenda Williams said, “We are excited to be a part of this statewide effort for Operation Red File. We fully support the efforts being made to have all vital documents located in a central place for emergency and hospital personnel.”
Participants in Operation Red File receive a large, red, magnetic folder that they can place on their refrigerator for instant access, where first responders will know to look for it. Participants are encouraged to put copies of their medical information and other critical documents in the folder, such as a clear, current photograph of the participant; a medical form with all current medical information; a medication list that can be updated as needed; and medical coverage information.
First responders and emergency staff can use this information to:
- Instantly access medical history and medication records in an emergency
- Avoid delays caused by trying to get information from a confused patient
- Ensure that the family/responsible party will be notified quickly
- Have a photograph available in the case of a Silver Alert
Sponsor LawrenceHits.com will also be on-site broadcasting live from the event. “LawrenceHits.com is honored to serve as the media sponsor for Operation Red File. It is a necessity for all adults to have their medical information in a convenient place in case of emergency and this program is saving lives. We strongly encourage all of you to spread the word and help us raise awareness and funds for Operation Red File,” said owner Jay Wachs.
Operation Red File inaugurated in Shawnee County last year and has continued to grow statewide. Douglas is the eighth county in the state to launch the new medical information initiative that is part of the agency’s Senior Medicare Patrol program and more kick-off events are scheduled in the coming months.
If you or a loved one is interested in Operation Red File, contact KDADS Senior Medicare Patrol Program Administrator April Hazen at 800-432-3535 for more information.