Imagine that you and your spouse have been out for dinner at a local restaurant and are driving back to your home. The visibility isn’t very good because it has been raining all day and it’s starting to get slick. Up ahead a traffic signal has just turned green so you accelerate through the intersection, not noticing the vehicle coming from your right that was unable to stop because of the slick road conditions. You wake up in the emergency room and begin panicking at the sight of your spouse, so you can’t remember the answers to the questions being asked of you by the nurse. This is a terrifying situation for anyone to be in, right?
This kind of scenario is exactly why you and your loved ones should have an In Case of Emergency (I.C.E.) card. An I.C.E. card will contain your name, your emergency contact name and number, a listing of any medications you are taking or conditions with which you have been diagnosed, the name and contact information for your primary care physician, and listing of your known allergies, as well as the information about your health insurance plan and/or provider.
Aside from the situation depicted above, an I.C.E. card can help you out if you forget the name of some medications you are taking or the policy number of your health insurance. If you have young children then an I.C.E. card can provide emergency personnel with critical information about your child if you are not present or are unable to do so yourself.