2006-10-19 / News

Program your cell phone for emergencies

The American College of Emergency Physicians is advising people to program their cell phones with an emergency contact name and number under the acronym ICE.

ICE, which stands for "in case of emergency," allows first responders to quickly contact a loved one in case a victim of an accident is unable to provide the information to them.

"People assume they will be able to communicate their medical history when they need emergency medical care, but when people are seriously ill or injured, that may not be the case," says ACEP president, Dr. Fredrick Blum. "Knowing which phone number to call to get vital information helps doctors and nurses to provide better and more effective care."

Saving at least one phone number in the cellular contact list as ICE can save precious minutes for rescuers and ensure that victims' loved ones will be contacted as quickly as possible.

For more information, visit www. acep.org.

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