As a Physician Assistant at the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami, Florida, I unfortunately see too many John/Jane Doe's roll in through our doors. I can't begin to tell you the countless times we have had cyclists, runners and ordinary people require emergency treatment without knowing who they are and what they may or may not be allergic to. Not being able to contact family for their medical history makes it extremely difficult to provide adequate treatment. Having a Road ID would certainly facilitate this process.
As I see more athletes participating in events, I can only hope that they make a conscious effort to use identification while training. Road ID, in my opinion, is at the forefront of this cause. Whether you are a couple who train at different hours because of busy schedules; or you are a solo training athlete, wearing identification fills the communication gap that we in the medical field need in the event of an accident.
Since I wrote this statement, I have seen at least two road accidents and heard of one heart attack victim on a training run. Don't let the next John/Jane Doe be you. Take ID seriously.
- Francisco .S from Miami, FL