FLORIDA’S DISABILITIES CHIEF VISITS BSO
CRITICAL EMS INFORMATION PROGRAM BORN IN BROWARD PLANS TO GROW
- Date: August 28, 2013 PIO Number: 13-8-34
- PHOTO OP WITH BECCA
- TIME/DATE: 3:45 p.m., Thursday, August 29
- LOCATION: Ron Cochran Public Safety Building - Lynn Futch Auditorium
- 2601 W. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale
- Florida’s head of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities will visit the Broward Sheriff’s Office Thursday and get an overview of an innovative Broward program to help EMS respond to children with chronic medical conditions.
- Director Barbara Palmer will visit BSO and meet with Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue staff to outline the Broward Emergency Critical Care Assistance (BECCA) program, named after Rebecca (Becca) Hyman, 7, of Weston. The program was rolled out locally in June, 2011 by BSO and the Hyman family to allow EMS responders quick access to critical health information for children with complex medical histories. Becca and her parents will participate in the BSO stop from the director, hoping to expand the program statewide.
- Diagnosed with 1p36 Deletion Syndrome, a genetic disorder that occurs in 1 out of 5,000 children, Becca has experienced life-threatening episodes that have required numerous EMS responses by Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue. By having a template of information ready for responders, it can minimize confusion during a crisis. The BECCA form is intended to be kept on hand at home and can also be provided to schools, camps, daycare and children’s services organizations where the child may go.
- The BECCA form can be downloaded, free of charge, from www.sheriff.org, under the Critical Care Assistance box. The Broward Sheriff’s Office does not record or maintain any of the information filled out on the form – you simply save the BECCA form PDF document to your computer then print it out. It can be used to detail all of the child’s medical information – from simple to complex histories.
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