QR Codes Could Minimize Medical Errors Made by First Responders

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A QR code could save your life! QR codes have seen a wide array of application but most of them have been commercial- inducing buyers to check out a website, a new app, offers, and discounts, watch videos, find out where your vegetables come from and so on. But they’ve never had a life altering impact until now.

First responders in various cities are teaming up with residents to develop a database that uses QR codes to hold information that may be needed by first responders to treat a patient in an emergency. How does that work? An onsite paramedic can scan a QR code and retrieves information such as medical history, allergies, prescribed drugs a patient is currently taking etc.

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