I found this today on the internet (thanks to CBS).
It seemed like such a good idea that I thought I’d share with all of you.
ICE Your Cell Phone For Safety
LONDON, July 26, 2005
campaign to use cell phones to help in the treatment or identification
of accident and disaster victims has taken off worldwide since the
first bomb attacks in London earlier this month.
Mobile phone users are being urged to enter a number in their
phone’s memory with the acronym ICE, for In Case of Emergency, with the
contact person’s name and number.
Paramedics or police would be able to swiftly to find the number
and use it to reach a relative or friend who could help identify
deceased victims and treat injured ones, by providing vital personal
information, including details of any medical conditions.
The campaign was launched in May this year, but had limited impact
until the first series of London blasts. Those explosions rendered many
victims unidentifiable, which sparked an e-mail campaign to spread the
ICE idea around the world.
ICE is the brainchild of British paramedic Bob Brotchie, who told The Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen
Tuesday the idea came to him "just from reflecting on difficulties I’ve
had in obtaining information about patients. The vast majority of
people don’t carry emergency contact details or next-of-kin details,
but the vast majority of people carry cell phones.
"Most (paramedics) spend time looking for a cell phone, not knowing
who to call. It occurred to me there might be a uniform way of doing
But, with ICE before the contact person’s name, all a
paramedic has to do is search for "ice" to quickly get the name of the
person to call.
"The advice," Brotchie says, "is that you first agree with that
person that they be that contact, so they’re aware of it. They must (be
able to) confirm your date of birth, your name, preferably your
address. Hopefully, things such as allergies, blood type, any previous
medical history that may be relevant, and then we can get that
information to the hospital, perhaps before we leave the scene of an
accident, and that will expedite treatment. The hope is that the
next-of-kin contact can meet us at the hospital at the same time and
the treatment will be as rapid as it could possibly be."
Brotchie admits ICE isn’t foolproof: "Where somebody locks the
phone out, it’s not for them at this time. And if the phone is broken
in an incident or an accident, it’s not going to work. Some may not
agree with it. If you don’t agree with it, we put information on our Web site so you can carry a card or some sort of contact information.
"The whole idea is that people should provide information for the
emergency services to help treat you at the scene of an incident."
Brotchie says ICE could literally be a lifesaver: "It’s certainly
got the potential to save lives. What is more important, or more
likely, is that it will expedite treatment and help people at the
earliest opportunity. That’s been shown to have major beneficial
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