A British paramedic has developed a system to counter a
common problem encountered by emergency personnel while trying to help people.
The problem: Nearly 80 percent of all Brits don’t carry next
of kin details.
The solution: Eighty percent carry a mobile phone, most of
whom have it on them all the time.
Those two facts gave the paramedic
an idea for a simple way of letting emergency workers know who to contact
should you be involved in an accident. He calls the system ICE.
Standing for In Case of Emergency,
adding an ICE entry to a cell phone’s memory will allow ambulance crews and
police officers to quickly contact a nominated person who can be informed of
the incident, according to a Web site set up to explain the program.
To participate in the ICE alert
system, the steps are simple:
- Type the acronym ICE followed by a contact name (for
example, ICE – Mom or ICE – David) into the address book of your mobile phone;
- Save their phone
- Tell your ICE
contact that you have nominated them.
The ICE concept was the brainchild
of Cambridge-based paramedic Bob Brotchie, who works for the East Anglian
Ambulance NHS Trust. He launched ICE in early 2005.
“The whole idea is
brilliant, purely and simply because of modern lifestyles,” he said on the Web
site. “It’s a very sensible campaign and I wholly endorse it.”
following hints were provided on the ICE Web site for setting up your contact
information for paramedics and emergency personnel to use efficiently:
- Make sure the person whose name and number you are
giving has agreed to be your ICE contact;
sure your ICE contact has a list of people they should contact on your behalf – including your place of work;
sure your ICE contact’s number is one that’s easy to contact, for example a
home number could be useless in an emergency if the person works full time;
sure your ICE partner knows about any medical conditions that could affect your
emergency treatment – for example allergies or current medication;
sure if you are under 18, your ICE partner is a parent or guardian authorized
to make medical decisions on your behalf; and
your preferred contact be deaf, then prefix the number with ICETEXT.
information, visit http://icecontact.com.