A paramedic in Cambridge in England suggests potential life-saving tip!
Bob Brotchie is a clinical team leader for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. He said he got tired of trying to figure out who to contact when dealing with shocked or injured patients who can’t give the information themselves.
The campaign encourages people to put an entry in their cell phones and other portable address devices under the name of "ICE" (In Case of Emergency). Emergency personnel can quickly check the cell phone for the "ICE" entry and reach whoever’s name and contact information is there. It also gives the cell phone owner the opportunity to choose who will be contacted during an emergency – when that person may not want Mom, Dad, or some other same-named relative to be called.
The announcement of the campaign in April, 2005, was made by Brotchie, a British war hero named Simon Weston, and the Vodafone Life Saver Awards. Vodafone is a cell provider in the UK and says, "its research has shown that more than 75 percent of the people it surveyed don’t carry any information about who they would want contacted on their behalf in case of an emergency."
In July, 2005, an email started circulating saying that an email about ICE should not be opened because it is a virus. There has not been a virus discovered using "ICE" as a subject message. The virus warning was a hoax, perhaps circulated by someone who was afraid that the email could be a virus.
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