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In Case of Emergency (ICE)

By Kimberly Baker

Kentucky paramedics and other emergency response personnel are spreading the word about a simple idea they want all Kentuckians to adopt. It's called ICE, which stands for In Case of Emergency, and it can make a real difference in emergency situations when medical decisions have to be made rapidly.

The idea is both simple and practical for everyone, but it's particularly useful and important for aging citizens. In an emergency situation, medical response personnel, like paramedics and EMTs, check a victim's cellular phone for clues to the victim's identity. 

Using the ICE plan, cell phone users put the initials ICE before the names of people in their cell phone contact directories who should be contacted "in case of emergency."

Looking for the ICE tag, police, fire or medical personnel can scroll through your cell directory to quickly find the tagged entry and call this emergency contact.

The ICE plan can save precious time when emergency medical personnel need life-saving information about a victim, like prescribed medications, allergies or medical conditions. Your ICE designee should be able to provide this information if contacted on your behalf in an emergency.

Be sure to inform your ICE contacts they will be called "in case of emergency" and be sure they know the health-related information that could help save your life and help doctors choose the best course of care for you in an emergency situation.

ICE your cellular phone now and encourage your family members to do the same.


Last Updated 2/15/2006