For Immediate Release
February 10, 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 Ashley Clinic & Pharmacy in Chanute to launch Operation Red File Saturday. Neosho is the ninth county in the state to launch the new medical information initiative that is part of the agency’s Senior Medicare Patrol program. Operation Red File is designed to help seniors keep their critical health information accessible if needed in an emergency.
Those interested in learning about the initiative or becoming part of the program can meet with staff from KDADS at Ashley Clinic & Pharmacy, 505 S. Plummer Avenue, from 1 to 3 p.m.
“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.”
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
Staff from Ashley Clinic & Pharmacy and KDADS staff will collaborate to distribute the distinctive large, red magnetic file folders.
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.