In Case of an Emergency, Please use ICE


As Emergency Physicians we have to think outside the box and get as many clues as possible when confronted with a sick patient that can not speak for himself. Please do not forget to check their mobile device. Yes, sometimes it is in pieces or the battery is out but it might have helpful clues. This is no new concept. Currently, the iPhone has many apps in the app store. I wanted to highlight one particular app that was created by a paramedic. The name of the app is called SmartIce. The company is coming out with a lite edition in the near future for those of you that would like to test it out before purchasing it.

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  1. #1 by Courtney Mann - February 16th, 2010 at 10:30

    The only problem with relying on mobile phone technology is that there is not back up system in place if the phone is damaged or lost. A complete mobile medical records system with multiple back up features is available at http://www.LifeGuard30.com. Check out the complete system for yourself or a loved one.

  2. #2 by Tim Green - February 16th, 2010 at 11:10

    smart-ICE owners, EMS Options, LLC understands that phones are electronic devices, (just like the electronic devices used by LifeGuard for their product,) and they are ALL subject to fail. We recommend that you always carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency card with basic information and contact information.(Free at http://www.ice4safety.com) smart-ICE even allows you to send all of the information stored in your phone, by e-mail to a loved one, so they can store it for you, in case they were called and needed to make EMS aware of your medical history.

    The good thing about smart-ICE is it’s ONE time price of $.99 cents or only $3.99 for the family version.

    Their is no upfront cost for the electronic storage device, it is for use on your smart-phone that has so many other uses and is always with you.

    It also does not require a monthly subscription fee or annual fee. It allows you to protect your medical information and to not rely on others to secure your protected health information.

    While we applaud LifeGuard for their efforts and products, we also provide an economical way for people to be prepared in an emergency!

  3. #3 by rach - February 16th, 2010 at 13:08

    Any word on whether it would be available for blackberry/other smart phone?

    In my own case, I actually do have a medic alert card in my wallet. I was recently picked up by paramedics (and unable to provide any info). had they looked in my wallet, they would have found the card… so maybe it makes no difference in situations like that.

  4. #4 by Tim Green - February 16th, 2010 at 14:14

    Rach,

    Working on it, but we want to build it with the same content and quality as we have on the iPhone, so it may be 2nd or 3rd quarter of this year. Send me your contact information and I will notifiy you when it’s out. I’m on http://www.ems-options.com.

    Thanks for asking!

  5. #5 by Jennifer - February 17th, 2010 at 11:04

    You can also accomplish ICE on a wireless phone for free by simply storing your in case of emergency contact as ICE in your contacts.

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