In 2001, Dr. Naysmith designed the first prototype @Risk Rescue System. His idea was to create a ‘One-Stop Station’ that would provide all the resources required to quickly aid any person who might be called upon to respond to a known, life-threatening emergency medical situation.
The @Risk Rescue System is made up of two parts, with the key component being the Rescue Kit. Each Kit displays a photo of the individual who is at-risk, details about their medical condition, their medications and instructions for administering them, consent forms, and other vital information. Each Kit is a freestanding emergency response package that can be kept at home, with the individual (in a briefcase, three ring binder, or back pack), or can be attached to the @Risk Rescue System. When the Kit is attached to the Rescue Station, the photo is clearly displayed.
The second component of the @Risk Rescue System is the Rescue Station. The station is wall mounted in a highly visible location, such as a staff room or a first aid station. It holds up to twenty Rescue Kits, allowing staff to familiarize themselves with the individuals at-risk. The Rescue Station can easily be rolled-up and transported as part of an emergency evacuation should an earthquake, fire, flood, or other catastrophic event occur.
The Rescue Kit is designed to contain a treatment plan and a signed letter of release from the person who is at-risk (or in the case of a minor, their parent) and their doctor. The Rescue Kit also features a compartment where medications and clear, easy-to-follow instructions for their administration, can be kept.
The Rescue Kits can be easily attached/detached to/from the Rescue Station so they can be taken with their owners whenever they are ‘on the move’.
In 2004, the first working models were manufactured and initial product testing and reviews by a small number of control groups indicated a positive response to the System.