Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Do You Know About ICE?

ICE (In Case of Emergency) for Mobile phones is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, as well as hospital personnel, to contact the next of kin of the owner of a mobile phone to obtain important medical or support information (the phone must be unlocked and working). It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their mobile phone address book under the name "ICE". Alternatively, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as "ICE1", "ICE2", etc. Some manufacturers support the campaign by adding an ICE heading to phone number lists of all new mobile phones. Also some handsets provide access to a list of ICE contacts directly from the "locked" screen.

Emergency first responders are trained to look for your mobile phone and check ICE in contacts. Another good idea is to post a note labeled ICE with all known allergies, medicines you are taking and your blood type. This simple step could save your life one day.
Many handheld devices now have in case of emergency apps which puts an icon on your home screen. Once launched most will provide

Your Name and Photo
Your Primary Emergency Contact
Medical Conditions
Organ Donor Information
Allergy Information
Your Emergency Contact can be called directly from the screen with one touch.

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