ICE RICE!


Frozen Fried Rice Anyone?

*grins* Just ignore the picture, this entry has nothing to do with actually freezing rice for consumption later!

Just wanted to share the novel ways in which two different pieces of important information can easily be remembered or done to save yourself a whole lot more grief later!

(received an email on ICE sometime back but didn’t act on it, however I just received a refresher email from Jieying (thanks) so now it’s done! )

In Case Of Emergency (ICE)

(extracted from wiki)

is a program that enables first responders, such as paramedics, firefighters, and police officers, to identify victims and contact their next of kin to obtain important medical information.

The program was conceived in the mid-2000s and promoted by British paramedic Bob Brotchie in May 2005. It encourages people to enter emergency contacts in their cell phone address book under the name “ICE”. Alternately, a person can list multiple emergency contacts as “ICE1”, “ICE2”, etc. The popularity of the program has spread across Europe, and has started to grow into North America.

Interviewed on July 12, 2005 on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, Brotchie said:

“I was reflecting on some difficult calls I’ve attended, where people were unable to speak to me through injury or illness and we were unable to find out who they were. I discovered that many people, obviously, carry mobile phones and we were using them to discover who they were. It occurred to me that if we had a uniform approach to searching inside a mobile phone for an emergency contact then that would make it easier for everyone.”

Simple Enough Yeah? But you may want to consider and do the following :-

  • If not a family member then ensure you choose a highly responsible person(s)
  • Inform them that you have selected them as your ICE contact.
  • Provide them with essential information that might affect your treatment. egs. (DAM) List of Doctors or medical providers’ ‘Contact Information’ that have attended to you in the past. Allergies if any to medication or foods. Medicines that you are currently taking inclusive of supplements and herbal remedies.
  • Egs. Of How To List your ICE contacts in your mobile – ICE-Anthony, ICE-Geraldine, ICE-Dr.Quek

And you want to know another great reason for doing it!……Well if an honest enough person picks up the mobile phone you’ve misplaced, then at least he/she will be able to get into touch with your ICE contact to arrange the return of your phone. 😉

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RICE is the acronym used for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It is used as the best initial treatment of soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, and contusions.

The combination of RICE helps reduce inflammation that occurs after acute injury.

It is important to remember that the earlier this treatment is put into place, the more effective it is.

Rest:

Rest and protect the injured area. If it hurts to bear weight on the injury, use crutches, if it hurts to move the area immobilize it with a splint.

Ice:

Apply ice or a frozen object, such as a bag of peas, etc from the freezer, to the injury. The cold will reduce swelling and pain at the injured site. This step should be done as soon as possible. Apply the frozen object to the area for 20 minutes three times a day for the first 48 hours.

Compression:

Compress the injured site by applying an Ace bandage. This will decreases swelling of the injured region. Although the wrap should be snug, make sure it is not too tight as this can cause numbness, tingling, or increased pain.

Elevation:

Elevate the injured area above the level of the heart as much as possible. This technique will also assist in reducing the amount of swelling to the injured site.

This bit of information was invaluable to me during my Rugby playing days!

2 Responses

  1. Hi Julian! Thanks for visiting my blog, and you can definitely link to me if you’d like! Please keep reading! The music on your site is really pretty. 🙂

  2. I came across your blog from your entry ‘Office Drama’ which I thought was hilarious. And thanks sweets! 😉

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