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Lets spread ICE (In Case of Emergency)

We all carry our mobile phones with hundreds of names / numbers stored in its memory but yet nobody, other than ourselves, know which of these numbers belong to our near and dear ones?In case we are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the people attending us get hold of our mobile phone but don’t know which number to call to inform our family members. Yes, there are many numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? 
The ICE (In Case of Emergency) program was conceived by paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. The idea behind the program is to enable first responders (paramedics, firefighters, police officers) to identify people and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information. People are encouraged to enter in their emergency contact person(s) in their mobile phone book in the following format 1ICE-mum, 2ICE-dad, 3ICE etc. The number in front of the word ICE keeps the ICE contacts at the top of the list. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe, and has started to grow into North America.

ICE symbol

ICE symbol

To further promote the use of ICE a new simple, highly recognizable symbol has been developed as a free public service to help emergency personnel quickly locate where the emergency contact information is on an unresponsive patient. The ICE symbol was developed by Mark Balduzzi, a safety professional, in Syracuse, New York in July 2005 to give the public do-it-yourself tools, so organizations and individuals can further promote the use of ICE and to help quickly locate emergency information. For example if the ICE symbol is located on a cellular phone in the form of a sticker, emergency responders will know immediately that the patient has programmed ICE into their cell phones. This symbol has been developed for free use and distribution. All are encouraged to use this symbol to promote safety and emergency preparedness.


May 14, 2007 - Posted by | Mobile news

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