ICE is a new concept catching up fast in the West.
With the tremendous growth in mobile revolution, large numbers of population carry mobile phones with hundreds of names and numbers stored in its memory but yet nobody, other than the users, know which of these numbers belong to the near and dear.
In case they (the mobile users) are involved in an accident or had a heart attack and the physicians attending on the injured or diseased get hold of the mobile phone but would not know which number to call to inform the family members.
As there would be of hundreds of numbers stored, the physicians would not be able to identify the contact person in case of an emergency.
For this reason, mobile users must have one or more telephone numbers stored under the name ICE (In case of Emergency)
in the handsets.
Recently, the concept of "ICE" is catching up quickly. It is simple, an important method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by majority of the population, just store the number of a contact person or person who should be contacted at during emergency as ICE.
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when they 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.
Following a disaster in London, the East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency (ICE)" campaign. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff would then be able to quickly contact your next of kin, by simply dialing the number stored as "ICE". For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
Now, the concept has picked up momentum in North America. The news is spread through mobiles as well as the internet. A simple idea that will make a big difference, especially in a country like India where the number of those dying in road accidents outnumber those dying of diseases.