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“ICE” (In Case Of Emergency).

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACE,MACE


  A good friend and fellow physician sent me this notice. This is a important public service announcement.

 An individual citizen not the government initiated the program.  If adoption of the program becomes a national standard, it will demonstrate people power and individual responsibility.

 The key to Repairing the Healthcare System is individual responsibility. This program represents an opportunity for every individual to assume responsibility for themselves and alert everyone they know to be responsible for themselves.


A paramedic conceived ICE.  At the scene of accidents he found cell phones on an unconscious victim but he could not find whom to notify. 

 He thought it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized symbol to find a victims contact person In Case of an Emergency in the victims cell phone directory.

 The ICE cell phone number could be found quickly. Emergency service and hospital personal could simply dial the phone number stored under "ICE."


We all carry our mobile phones with many names & numbers stored in its memory. Nobody would know which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

 If "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) was a national icon close family or a friend could be notified immediately.

ICE is a great idea that can make a difference. Everyone reading this is on their computer, tablet or mobile phone. Go to your phone directory, get a number you want contacted in case of emergency and enter it as ICE. Then forward this to your email list.

It you have more than one contact name file the names in the telephone directory as ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3.


The ICE concept demands personal responsibility. Everyone should have an ICE listing in their mobile phone in case of emergency. 

The power of the individual combined with the power of the internet can make ICE an instant national symbol.

 ICE can speak for you when you are not able to!

 Do it now!

 Then e-mail the notice to your friends

Stanley Feld M.D.,FACP,MACE


The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone.   




  • Chirag Patel

    I really liked this concept — it is an exceptional medium to help someone in their critical time of need. Paramedics refer to it as the golden hour though they may not even have an hour in some cases.
    Thinking through, I found few glitches in its practicality; for instance, the value of ICE reference is lost if your phone is destroyed by the impact, like an accident, that caused the emergency. Read more in my blog post at:
    I still liked the idea and felt we could improvise with a little extra effort for prevalent life style; and have created a solution called ICEcare.
    I am open to feedback and cooperative efforts.

  • Kevin Barnes

    Kevin Barnes

    Thanks a lot for the post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

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