From the founder of ICE.ORG, Bob Brioche created the term ICE, In Case of Emergency:
Imagine sitting at home waiting for a loved one to arrive and not knowing where they are.
Imagine ringing the police – they can do nothing until an adult has been missing for at least 48 hours.
Imagine ringing the hospitals – they don’t have anyone with your loved one’s name but they may have unidentified patients.
Now imagine what it’s like to be a paramedic, desperately trying to find the next of kin of a critically injured patient.
All of this heartache can be avoided by a simple action.
Add the letters I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) to the person or number on your mobile phone that you’d like to be contacted – in case of emergency e.g ICE-Mum, ICE-Wife
Having notified your loved ones, the medical team can then treat you appropriately, so expediting treatment and reducing risk of further harm. Repatriation occurs much faster than for many of those brought to the emergency room ‘unconscious’, who may otherwise lay ‘ALONE’ and as a ‘P/U’ – Patient Unknown .