IN CASE OF EMERGENCY(ICE)-Life Saving Measures

by Dr. Reeja Tharu on  December 22, 2007 at 11:55 AM Health In Focus
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Cell phones are now an integral part of our life and the numbers listed on it are vital links that sustain our modern existence. But, neither the list of numbers nor the names are designed to make sense to anybody other than to us.

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY(ICE)-Life Saving Measures
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY(ICE)-Life Saving Measures

The list may carry an endless assortment of acquaintances, colleagues or important social contacts. But very often there is nothing in it that indicates if the numbers belong to our family members or close friends.

What happens, then, during an emergency, such as an accident or a sudden illness?

A paramedic, who frequently visited scenes of accidents and sites of other medical emergencies, observed that the medical staff often had access to the mobile phone on the affected person, but were confused about whom to contact.

This inspired him to come up with the idea that a nationally recognized name would help Emergency Service personnel and hospital staff, which sowed the seed for the 'In Case of Emergency' (ICE) campaign. All they needed to do was to quickly contact the right person listed in the mobile phone under 'ICE'.

What should you do?

'ICE' is a method of contacting the right person(s) during an emergency situation. In the present times most people carry cell phones, and hence it would only be prudent to employ these devices to tackle an emergency.

All one needs to do is to list the number(s) of a contact person(s), who should be notified during an emergency, under the label 'ICE'. This may be a family member or a close friend.

If there are more than one contact numbers they may be listed as ICE 1, ICE 2, ICE 3 and so on.

Right Steps

ICE is a great idea that is bound to impact our lives. It may be just that we are not sure as to when or where it is meant to happen!

As the first step towards spreading awareness about the concept let us list a few numbers belonging to our family members or close friends as 'ICE'.

Let us also ensure that those around us are  informed about this innovative idea  which is 'waiting in the wings' to make a difference in all our lives.

Source: Medindia
Dr.Reeja Tharu/M

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dear sir,I am a regestered pharmacy graduate working in hospital,and attending emergencies in night shift all alone. thanks for ur co-opreation. regards, probir biswas.

ICE is a nice idea. But no campaigning is noticed till now. At least some banners should be hanged in hospitals or nursing homes.


IEC concept is a good one! We must follow it. It would be better a person should save the ICE number like ICE 1 - followed by person's name. All the best for this article.


Great article from medindia that can make a difference in our life. Can our Indian cell ISP's not take a cue from this medindia article and alert all their customers about 'ICE'. Those who read this news should not only implement it but also sms their friends about this life saving measure. Well done medindia.


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