General Hospital Informative - When in need. "ICE"

Review by 23169 on 2007-08-26
ICE Campaign - "In Case of Emergency"

We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers
belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence the "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) campaign.

The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population,all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call.

He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation,
Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as
"ICE." For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!

It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.

I got this in an e-mail and thought it is a great idea and just another service our EMT Teams are trying to spread to help save lives.
Comments:14 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-08-27
Posted by tnchuck100 on 2007-08-26:
Sounds like a great idea.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Very good post, will do it on my cell phone today.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Excellent post, Lidman. I hope this gets around, and people implement it!

Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Thank you emt_c and I would like you to know you were the inspiration for me to post this.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Excellent post, excellent idea, I hope it catches on. Thanks Lidman!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Thanks justcuz!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
The idea has been around for a few years already. But it's an excellent one.
Posted by SilverWngs71 on 2007-08-26:
I did it and have 5 "ICE's" My hubby's cell, our home #, My hubby's grandmother, my mom in Florida and my supervisor. This way I have that extra precaution.

Thanks Liddy for the great idea.
Posted by D. on 2007-08-26:
I also remember hearing about this at one time, but I wasn't able to remember the "code" name (ICE)...thanks for the refresher Liddy! I'll make sure my younger nieces know about this as well.
Posted by D. on 2007-08-26:
Speaking of ice...I have to go find my Sheriff...he went for Ice the other night and never came back home!
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-08-26:
Sheriff is like that, yeah he is..
Posted by D. on 2007-08-26:
Hey...it's one thing for me to say something about my Sheriff...but that doesn't mean anyone else can say it!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2007-08-26:
got 3 ice on my cell wife, daughter, & lawyer
Posted by Starlord on 2007-08-27:
Great idea, my wife and I both have ICE numbers on our cells. Being a diabetic, I have been active in trying to get a new ideas going among diabetics, paramdeics, and ER staff, and would like to see what other people think. Everyone knows diabetics should carry 'fast sugar' in the event their blood glucose level crashes. Often times, they still require EMS and no one realizes quickly they are in real distress. We want diabetics to get the little tubes of blue cake icing to use as fast sugar. If this goes nationwide, if a paramedic or ER nurse sees someone with a blue mouth, they will realize they have a diabetic immediately. What do you folks think?

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