Medical Arm Bands
Posted by: "Peggy Entrekin" firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:12 pm (PDT)
DCs, CAs, & RSs,
Thank you for the good questions and discussion concerning the
implementation of the new USPC Medical Cards and armband holders.
In Regional Rally and Camp situations, it may be a good idea to require
members to wear their armbands and Medical Cards at all times.
It is the responsibility of the parent(s) and/or member (if the member is
over the age of majority) to complete the USPC Medical Card, update the card when necessary, and to be sure that the card is worn by the member in an armband at all Pony Club mounted activities or when working around horses.
It is NOT necessary for any USPC volunteer to check and/or verify that the
Medical Card has been signed, or to collect and hold any portion of the
When researching the concept of using a Medical Card, we learned that
hospitals and EMTs do not need a signed permission to treat a patient, and
that having such a form does not necessarily expedite medical treatment (as
was once true). Today, emergency rooms and EMTs begin treatment on an
unaccompanied minor (or an individual unable to make decisions) immediately
without needing a release.
Another major change--and a good thing--about the USPC Medical Card is that
it is no longer necessary for our PC volunteers to handle an individual's
An important part of the implementation for use of the New USPC Medical Card is the need to educate our members and parents about the importance of the Medical Card and the information contained therein. Compliance will be much easier if everyone understands that: The purpose of the Medical Card is to provide identification, provide insurance information, to assist with medical treatment in the absence of parents/legal guardian, provide handy emergency contact information, and to provide the member's medical history to help emergency medical personal to give the very best medical care.
USPC Leaders should always ask members and parents if there is anything they would like to make the leader aware of, i.e. just recovering from a broken arm, illness, has diabetes, etc., and if there are any physical signs they might watch for. The volunteer is not expected to make medical evaluations or decisions.
USPC Executive Director