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ICE: In Case of Emergency
In recent years, paramedics have been encouraging people to store emergency contact information in their cell phones. This information can be particularly helpful when an accident victim is unconscious or unable to speak. Although most people carry a driver's license or some other form of identification, most IDs do not typically identify any next of kin. Paramedics and other emergency services personnel need next-of-kin information so that they can notify the victim's immediate family of the situation and determine if the victim has any serious medical conditions.
Paramedics recommend that people create an entry in their cell phone address book using the initials "ICE" to identify who should be contacted "in case of emergency." For example, let's suppose that your wife, Ana Yokoshi, is your emergency contact. Simply add her number to your cell phone with the name "ICE - Ana Yokoshi." If you wish to add additional emergency contacts to your phone, add them with the names "ICE2", "ICE3" and so on.
Once you have this information stored in your cell phone, paramedics should be able to quickly find your emergency contacts and, in many cases, provide life-saving treatment without delay.
As an additional measure, it is always a good idea to carry a medical information card in your wallet or purse if you are receiving regular medical treatment or taking medication for a serious condition.
Sometimes the simplest of measures can make a big difference. "ICE" has proven to be an easy yet powerful way to be prepared for emergencies and give your loved ones greater peace of mind.


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