ICE - (In Case of Emergency)

Research carried out showed that 75% of people carry no details of who to contact in a case of an emergency.

The ICE scheme, developed by East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust encourages people to store the details of the person they would like to be contacted in their mobile phone's phonebook using ICE in front of the person's name.

This makes it easier for the emergency services to identify quickly who they should be calling.

Several numbers can be stored using ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

The person whose number is being used should have agreed to be the ICE contact and should have a list of further people to contact. They should also know about medical conditions that could affect emergency treatment, including allergies or medication.

People under 18 should have an ICE contact who is a parent, guardian or immediate family member authorised to make decisions on their behalf.

Friends and other relatives cannot make decisions on behalf of a person admitted to hospital.


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