A simple idea but one that might help save a life. I've was emailed it today but it seems to be around for ages. Grannymar has a great podcast on it here.
Message from the Ambulance ServiceSent (apparently) via email from the office of Gerard Lane, Consultant in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Department, Letterkenny General Hospital.
We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory. 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 this 'ICE' (In Case of Emergency) campaign.
The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations.
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).
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as 'ICE'.
Please tell people about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.
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 recognised name for this purpose.
I think it's a great idea with lots of potential. I hope it works.