ICE Standard, the Emergency Standard Card App for Android, can help save your life. Ambulances take patients to the ER over 16 million times each year in the US. ICE Standard helps first time responders and emergency room personnel locate a person’s updated medical information, emergency / medical contacts, medical insurance information, blood type, name, address and a photo verification of the individual. This application has been developed by the About the Kids foundation, a nonprofit organization, with input from EMTs, police officers, firefighters and emergency room personnel.
In order to make first responders are aware of the app, it is best to provide a shortcut on the lock screen. Some Android phones have this capability built in, while others will need to install third party lock screen apps to enable this.
One of the unique features of ICE Standard and the Emergency Standard Card is color coding that reflects your medical information. This helps first responders quickly determine the severity of potential issues with the patient, based on their medical history. Red indicates the individual has severe allergies, medical devices, health conditions, or is on medications. Yellow indicates the individual is taking medications. Green indicates the user is 'good to go', with no health complications.
The phone is regarded as a backup location for your emergency medical information, as in an accident your phone may be damaged, overlooked or out of power. A physical emergency card is the best way to provide health information for emergency personnel. The six standard places for emergency personnel to look are:
1 - Automobile – Glove Compartment2 - Pedestrians – Wallet or Purse3 - Bicyclists / Motorcycles – Under the Seat4 - Home – Refrigerator Dairy or Butter Dish5 - Sports Athletes – Coach’s Possession6 - Work Place – Emergency Response Team Member.
Official Emergency Standard Cards can be ordered from EmergencyStandard.org.
Dedicated to Emily Rose Ekman.