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A friend sent me this as an email and it makes a lot of sense to me.



(If you receive this email more than once from me, I apologize. It just means that you are on more than one of my email lists, and I felt it was importan to make sure that this gets to EVERYONE. )



Subject: ICE


Following the disaster in London . . . East Anglican Ambulance Service has launched a national "In case of Emergency ( ICE ) " campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon Weston.


The idea is to have everyone store the phone number(s) of the persons to be contacted "In Case of Emergency" into your mobile phone address book. Store them with the name "I C E". For more than one contact person, use the names 'I C E1', 'I C E2', 'I C E3' etc. To enter secondary numbers, (home, cell, work) use 'I C E1 home', I C E1 cell', and I C E1 work'.


In an emergency situation ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your next of kin are and be able to contact them and obtain any special medical information that they may require, like "he's a diabetic, or she had a heart attack previously, etc. etc.".


It's so simple that everyone can do it. Please do. Will you also email this to everybody in your address book, it won't take too many

'forwards' before everybody will know about this. It really could save a life, or at the very least, put a loved one's mind at rest.




The idea is the brainchild of East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic Bob Brotchie and was launched in May this year. Bob, 41, who has been a paramedic for 13 years, said: "I was reflecting on some of the calls I've attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person.


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."


By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help the rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative - which could be vital in a life or death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life. Why not put ICE in your phone now, before you forget?

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I think this is a great idea. I wish you hadn't put that title on this thread. I'm afraid that some of the guys who should really read it aren't going to because the title doesn't describe what it's about, really.

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Thanks dick_nyc for sharing this info.


And yes, I am sure many people already saw this as this is one of those emails that you see 10 times in one week.


I think the intention behind it is great but, overall, I think it's stupid.


ICE - UHM, some people have a lot of contacts in their cell phone. Couldn't they think of something that started with "A"?!? The difference between getting to the info in the As and going all they way to the Is could mean the difference between saving an eyebrow and loosing an eyebrow.


AND - unless one of my friends or family is a neurosurgeon or a trauma specialist why would I want them called? People with medical alerts should wear medical alert bracelets. I don't want emergency care personnel wasting time looking for my ICE if I don't have that in my cell phone. Look on my wrist or for a medical alert necklace. They have some cool selections if you don't like the drab medical alert bracelet everyone is use to http://www.medicalalert-idjewelry.com/ .


Finally, don't be using my minutes EMT punk! Treat my wounds! ;)


Yes, I know I am stupid tongue and cheek but I feel ICE should melt. If people have true medical issues then that info should be on a medical alert piece of jewelry or in one's wallet/purse.


And, if there is a terrorist attack and my family knows I was in the vicinity then they don't need Angela Lansberry to help them solve that mystery on where I might be.



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