Emergency medical personnel recommend adding “I.C.E.” entries into your mobile phone contacts list. I.C.E. stands for “In Case of Emergency” and it is a quick way of accessing and notifying a person’s emergency contacts in case of medical emergencies or accidents. Every second counts in emergency situations. It is important for the first aider, EMTs and other emergency personnel to obtain critical medical information about the patient, in case he or she is unconscious or unable to give coherent information.
Most people neglect the possibility of an emergency occurring to them. Others assume that they will be able to communicate their medical history when they need emergency medical attention. For the first aiders or emergency personnel, knowing whom to contact during an emergency can greatly help in gathering vital information. This information can help the first aider provide efficient and accurate medical care for medical emergencies.
Emergency medical personnel are increasingly aware and looking for such entries in mobile phone address books. By adding ICE entries, they can immediately identify and call the right person. Experts recommend adding at least 2 ICE numbers so that there is a backup in case the other one is not reachable. Make sure that the designated person is familiar with your medical history. To designate a contact in your current phone address book, simply add ICE before the name of the person; for example, ICE – Mom or ICE – Dad.
Mobile phones can play a critical role
providing valuable information in cases of medical emergencies. Alongside having ICE entries, experts also advise carrying a summary of medical histories in wallets. Usually, mobile phones have security features that do not allow unauthorized use. Having a record in your pocket is a good idea.
There are three important things that you should include in your medical history and is summarized as MAD (Medicines, Allergies, and Doctors).
- Medicines – list all your current medications, prescription and non-prescription including organic supplements or herbal products.
- Allergies – list all known allergies such as medication allergies, food allergies and others.
- Doctors – list the name and contact numbers of your medical providers, especially those responsible for your regular care.
Finally, it is important to note that neither ICE nor pocket-card information can substitute for medical alert devices, such as necklaces and bracelets. These items are usually standardized thus are easily recognizable to any medical personnel.
In medical emergencies, the more information the first aider, EMT or medical responder gathers about a person’s medical background; the more efficient the emergency medical care is.