We all enjoy taking time with our family and loved ones for long anticipated summer vacations and summer camps to celebrate the break in between this school year and the upcoming one. Have you considered during this time, you or your family member may end up with an injury or illness? Do you have ICE? No, I’m not talking about the kind that I give out in the clinic for injuries or even the really good ice at Sonic or Chick Fil A that we enjoy. I’m asking if you have an In Case of Emergency listed in your phone. This would be your “go to” person when you’re unable to speak for yourself. Here’s the history on ICE. After the London bombings in 2005; Bob Brotchie, a paramedic, started promoting the use of ICE as a compliment to other means of obtaining emergency medical information. He has seen firsthand the effectiveness of medical intervention from having quick access to someone’s history when they are unable to give this information on their own. In this instance it would be a way to reach your emergency contact on your phone. Now this is not without some limitations. In some cases, if you have a pass code lock on your screen, this would prevent emergency personnel from gaining access to your information. There are also apps available that would store your emergency contact and health information while giving access to it when your phone is in emergency mode. Two examples available for iPhone users are Smart-ice4family and Smart-ice. These apps are ones that have been endorsed by Bob Brotchie on his website incaseofemergency.org . In the instance that your phone is unavailable or inoperable, you would also want to keep a paper copy of your emergency contact information in your wallet, purse, or vehicle. Here is a link to AAA’s ICE card http://bit.ly/17JfAnt
Also below are steps to place your ICE contact in your phone.
- Go to ‘add contacts’ in your phone
- In the First Name field enter ‘ICE John Smith-brother’
- Fill in the phone numbers and other remaining fields and save.
*If you have multiple ICE contacts, you may enter ICE-1, ICE-2, etc. to capture all of these.
Have a fun and safe summer! If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me email@example.com
Mrs. Lydia Kinney is the LCS school nurse. If you have questions for Lydia about ICE, feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.