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Lifesaving idea to help horse riders
5:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Local
A BEWDLEY-based first-aid training firm for horse riders has become the UK’s first distributor of a medical information system providing life-saving data about riders in the event of an emergency.
Medi-K is now the only company distributing the Medical Data Carrier to the UK’s equine market after teaming up with Canadian firm Medical Data Carrier IM Inc.
A piece of waterproof paper is kept inside a plastic sheet attached to the riders’ helmet and contains crucial information about their identity and medical history to help first responders provide the best care in an emergency.
Former paramedic Kay Patterson set up the Bewdley firm in April to combine her 12 years of medical experience with her passion for horses.# She said she was “very excited” about providing the data.
“I was looking for something to help paramedics do something better to help horse riders,” added Mrs Patterson, of Crundalls Lane.
“I couldn’t find any good data carriers in the UK and I found the company in Canada, which has made me the UK’s first contributor. I thinkit’s fantastic – I’m very excited about it.
“I think it’s going to save lives and it’s definitely going to make paramedics’ lives easier.”
She added: “While working as a paramedic, I often witnessed horse riding incidents where I was not able to determine the identity of the casualty and the hospital often struggled to contact their family.
"This prompted me to contact Medical Data Carrier as I felt it would greatly benefit the UK equine industry and assist my fellow paramedics.”
Steve Reed, president of Medical Data Carrier, added: “We are so pleased to have Medi-K and owner Kay Patterson introduce and represent our product to the equine industry in the UK.
“She is so passionate about the sport and with her skills and training as a paramedic she delivers a unique and very valuable first aid program that is specific to injuries arising from riding and being around horses.”
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