By entering the acronym ICE
– for In
Case of Emergency
– into the mobile’s phone book, users can log
the name and number of someone who should be contacted in
an emergency. More than 75 per cent of people carry no details
of who they would like telephoned following a serious accident.
Andy Humm, web designer to Lyneham Village Online,
who has been a fully trained first aider for over 32 years,
both in the Royal Air Force and civilian workplace, said:
“I was reflecting on some of the times I’ve attended
the scene of accidents, more so just recently, where people
have been frantically searching details of who to contact,
particularly to inform a relative."
“It’s difficult to know who to call. Someone
might have “mum” in their phone book but that
doesn’t mean they’d want them contacted in an
“Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with
ICE we’d know immediately who to contact and what number
to ring. The person may even know of their medical history.”
ICE – a brilliantly simple idea to help patients, their
relatives and the emergency services. ICE is endorsed by senior
police officers, ambulance services, fire chiefs and hospitals
Many paramedics or first aiders are now being taught a responders
after the immediate first aid has been carried out, to look
for the casualties mobile phone with a hope that they have
ICE details stored in the phone book. The importance of informing
relatives about their loved one’s condition as quickly
as possible is paramount at any accident.
What we can do?
People who carry a mobile phone are being encouraged to prefix
an existing contact in their phone’s address book with
the acronym ICE
(In Case of Emergency). The ICE
contact should be someone who can be reached if a patient
becomes sick or injured to such an extent that they are unable
to communicate. The contact should be made fully aware that
they have been designated as such.