Tuesday, June 01, 2010


I had an email forwarded to me that had a simple idea that could catch on.

When someone is taken ill suddenly or has been involved in an accident, the medical services may not know who to contact. As mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, 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). 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 recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, emergency service personnel and hospital staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."
For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.

This is a simple idea that could catch on. Some people have loads of names in their mobile telephone and by listing the emergency contact number as ICE, could reassure a loved one.
fortunately when I had my accident I was still able to use my phone (the paramedics urged me to ring BEFORE the drugs cut in) had I not though I do have my Wife programmed as ICE
I trust your wife knows that ICE stands for In Case of Emergency and you do not consider her to be a cold woman. I have an 0845 number on my mobile labelled as Taliban, they do not answer in Arabic but in English with a strong Birmingham accent.
All very well and good and I've had an ICE number in the phone for ages...

... trouble is I doubt the paramedics know what the PIN code is to unlock my phone is.
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