Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The ICE File - From SportsInjuryTV.com - Weekend Warrior Show

From: Sports Injury TV - The Weekend Warrior Show

So recently I started a "SportsInjuryTV.com" video blog on Your Tube but for some reason You Tube s taking way too long to put up the video. So I embedded it here on my trusty old Natural Sports Medicine Blog.... Enjoy - Todd

The I.C.E. file

Something each and everyone of us should have in our cell phones, and even more important for athletes, people who exercise regularly and people with potentially serious health conditions. About 3 weeks ago another cyclist died on the Rickenbacker causeway on Key Biscayne. Although this time is wasn’t from a car hitting the cyclist, this older gentleman had a heart attack and fell off his bike. Those riding with him administered CPR but couldn’t save his life. I was wondering about all of the triathletes, cyclists, runners and others training in the gym by themselves and what would happen to them in case of an emergency.

So, I know I sound pretty serious about this but it something I think is important. “ICE” is an acronym and stands for In Case of Emergency. If you should ever have a health problem and are unable to communicate, this is where the paramedics, police, fireman, emergency room doctor or good samaritan will find your vital information.

So I want you to take out your cell phone (yes…right now) and:

  1. Open a new contact file named ICE
  2. In your ‘ICE’ file I want you to put the following info:
  3. Your full name & year of birth
  4. Your home and work phone numbers
  5. Your home and work address
  6. Phone numbers of your spouse/significant other (who you want contacted in case of an emergency)
  7. Parents & in-laws phone numbers
  8. Name/phone # of your family doctor
  9. Any allergies you may have
  10. Any medications you take
  11. Any conditions you have
  12. Your blood type if you know it.
  13. The name of your health insurance as well as your policy and group numbers
  14. Press Save

The purpose of this is to give emergency personnel vital information about yourself in case you are unconscious or are unresponsive. Vital information like allergies, medications, health conditions, phone numbers of your relatives and health insurance information may make a critical difference in a life saving situation. So put as much or as little information as you feel necessary. I know some people are worried about identity theft. Personally, I’m more concerned with making sure I’m okay in a life threatening situation. So, put as much information you feel is necessary about yourself and those you want contacted in case of an emergency.

More and more paramedics and EMTs are looking for this info in emergency situations. As I always say, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Make sure you are prepared ‘just in case’. Sometimes in these situations, the slightest piece of information or just saving a few extra minutes could make the difference between life and death.

'nuff said

Dr. T

Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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