No, we are not referring to ice cubes but the acronym ‘ICE’. ICE stands for “in case of emergency”. If there are people in your contacts lists that you deem as important, put ICE by their names. ICE shows rescue workers, police, and doctors who they should call if they are involved in an accident or other emergencies.
ICE has become popular due to doctors not being able to reach family members when a patient is involved in an accident and cannot communicate. The first source of information, in those cases, is that person’s cell phone. By contacting the patient’s ICE contacts, doctors can learn of their patient’s medical history, in addition to informing them of an event. Programming ‘ICE’ in your mobile devices, can enhance the emergency treatment.
In 2005, the idea was birth by UK paramedic Bob Brotchie. Studies during that time showed that 1.6 million patients could not provide information due to being incapacitated. Because of these alarming figures, the “ICE Your Phone” campaign has been promoted throughout the UK and gained popularity in various countries around the world- including America.