I wish to share with you an important life saving discovery, especially if you use an Apple iPhone. If you use another brand of phone, you might still benefit from a quick scan of my written words if you are willing to follow-up to see if your brand of phone provides the same life saving technology.
Some cell phone users have taken advantage of an old concept called ICE. I am not talking about those cold solid cubes made out of frozen water that you drop in your cool aid. I am not talking about US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I am talking about ICE or “In Case of Emergency” phone numbers you can store in your cell phone.
Let’s visualize. I am the leading contestant in our first annual City of Lakewood hot-chili-eating contest. Just before devouring my last bowl and stepping into the winner’s circle, I pass out and my head smashes into the deep end of my chili bowl. The chili oozes up over my ears. My lights go out.
The EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) arrives and she quickly determines that she has a life-threatening chili overdose on their hands.
The EMT is an optimist so she rummages through my pockets and finds my cell phone. As she spins through the alphabetized address book, she stops on a listing that reads ICE (In Case of Emergency). She quickly finds one or more people I have listed to contact in case of emergency. This makes for a happy ending.
PROBLEM – OLD SYSTEM
These days most iPhones are locked, so the EMT will be foiled in her effort to locate my ICE contact(s). This makes for an unhappy ending.
APPLE iPHONE SOLUTION
Apple has devised a free application called Health that can be utilized even if the iPhone is locked. Allow me to use a combination of photos and words to demonstrate how Health can work for you. Look for an icon similar to that pictured below.
Step 2: Use the “Slide To Unlock” on the victim’s phone which will allow you to access the Emergency section if the phone is not locked. Proceed to Emergency Contacts (ICE). If it is determined that the phone is awake, but locked requiring a password, proceed to Step 3.
Step 4: Click on the word Emergency which will trigger the terminology *Medical ID to appear in the bottom left corner of the iPhone screen. You are now able to skip the password and have access to two phone functions. #1. You can dial 911 for any emergency. #2. You can gain access to the victim’s emergency medical information and emergency contact list. Either dial 911 or click *Medical ID.
The program provides you with the option to disclose your personal medical condition, allergies & reactions to drugs, medications, emergency contacts (not shown in photo), blood type, organ donor, weight and height. This kind of information could be very helpful and life saving as Police, EMTs, doctors or hospital staff try to help you.
If you think this is a genius idea, please know it is a bit embarrassing for me to be called genius. If you think this is a dumb idea, blame the Apple iPhone people. I encourage you to complete the iPhone form right on your phone. It is easy and it will not take long to accomplish. Then your iPhone can help keep you safe.