Paramedics to host I.C.E. event at Wyndham Park
St. Charles County Ambulance District paramedics are presenting the final “In Case of Emergency” (I.C.E.) program of the summer to area senior citizens.
Paramedics often respond to emergencies where the patient is unconscious from a traumatic injury or medical condition where the patient cannot provide pertinent information. The I.C.E. program allows first responders to access an emergency contact person during critical situations.
The program is simple, but has great benefits. Paramedics are asking cell phone owners to program the electronic address book in their cell phones with the acronym ICE before the names of people they would want contacted in case of an emergency. For instance, ICE Mom or ICE Dad. Older adults may designate their children, ICE Jane or ICE John. This is a simple, but effective way to provide paramedics and other emergency responders with readily available information to contact someone in case of an emergency.
A brief safety presentation explains how the program works. Ambulance District personnel provide one-on-one assistance to residents and enter their emergency contacts into their cell phones. As a special treat, an ice cream social is provided to participants just prior to the start of the program. The program has been a huge success with more than 647 attendees at 22 facilities throughout the county.
The next event is scheduled to take place Sept. 6, atWyndhamPark,400 Wyndham Park Dr.inSt. Peters.