Emergency Physicians Say "ICE" Can Help Save Your Life
Washington, DC-Emergency physicians are recommending that people with cellular phones add
"ICE'" entries into their cell phone address books. This stands for "In Case of Emergency," and
medical professionals are using it to notify the person's emergency contacts and to obtain critical
medical information when a patient arrives unconscious or unable to answer questions.
How to ICE your Phone™
CHOOSE a responsible person to be your In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contact. Record their contact information.
INFORM your ICE Contact that you have chosen them as your designated contact and provide them with information that may affect your treatment. Remember MAD or “M” “A” “D”.
•Medicines –List all current medications you are taking, including herbal and organic supplements because they can and do interact with some medications.
•Allergies – List all known allergies, especially to medications, but also to foods.
•Doctors – Include the names and phone numbers of doctors or other medical providers responsible for your regular care.
ADD this contact as a new entry, with their phone number, in your mobile phone address book under the heading “ICE”. Example: ICE-William or ICE-Dad.
APPLY the ICE Sticker™ visual alert to your mobile phone. This will serve both as a visual alert for and an invitation to emergency responders that you have established a communication protocol.
They gotta unlock my phone first.
or you could spend another 15 seconds each, and type in "emergency number, dad"... "emergency number, mom"...etc.
are we this pressed for time?...give us a break on the old logic meter...
In case of emergency (ICE) is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information (the phone must be unlocked and working). The phone entry (or entries) should supplement or complement written (such as wallet, bracelet, or necklace) information or indicators. The programme was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address book under the name "ICE". Alternatively, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2", etc. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe and Australia, and it has started to grow into North America.