Cell Phone and Information
Paramedics struggled to obtain information regarding the injured during the explosions on the underground in June 2005. They came afterwards with a “solution” that people save information regarding their next of kin under the code “I. C. E.” (In Case of Emergency) on their cell phone. When someone then phones the ICE option it will bring them in contact with relatives. It sounded like a very good idea but the following restrictions were recorded:
- Cell phones are very often stolen on accident scenes or removed from the owner as a result of the impact of the accident.
- Cell phones often brake as a result of the accident or are trapped somewhere in the wreckage of the car and cannot be reached.
- It is in most cases very difficult to link a specific patient with a specific cell phone.
- Relatives are not also up to date with the patient’s medical conditions, allergies, medications of medical aid details.
- The relative listed under ICE may be involved in the same accident.
It may take precious time and faulty information may cause chaos.
Treatment from a specialist
Patients need in many cases urgent specialist treatment. Hospitals do not always have a specialist immediately available. Paramedics sometimes have to go from one hospital to another to find a specialist that can treat his patient immediately. Time = Life.