Why ICE Medical Info?

Years ago my mother had me go with her for a Power of Attorney and a Do Not Resuscitate order. I honored her wishes even though this was something i did not really want to do however we filled out the papers had them notarized and placed with my important papers.

Several years went by and I get a call that my mother was found unconscious and was being transported to the hospital, After a long sleepless night, I was notified she was on life support and their was no brain activity my sister and her family had made it clear to the hospital staff and doctors that my mother did not wish to be kept alive in the event of something like this, Without the DNR the hospital staff left my mother on life support stating she was brain dead and not suffering. Because of the distance it was impossible for me to rush the DNR and Power of Attorney to them so we had to work on a solution after all her wish was not to be kept alive by machines has she had spent time in an iron lung has a child.  We decided perhaps if we fax the documents to the hospital that would be enough however per the hospital policy they had to be witnessed if we were faxing them. Because of the delay in the Hospital receiving the DNR papers my mother was kept alive on life support for three days until all three of the physicians who had originally giving the resuscitation orders were at the hospital to sign off on the DNR.

Had there been an option such as ICE Medical Info her wishes could have been met when the decision was made that life support was needed and I would still not wonder if she was in pain for these three days with no way to tell anyone.

Rick Schramm
ICE Medical Info Staff

 

 

Ice Medical Info is Born

I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes about 6 or 7 years ago.   I was told that I needed an In Case Of an Emergency Medi-Alert that identified me as a Type II Diabetic and the type of medicine I was taking.

I began searching for some type of bracelet that would look good, but would also identify my illness to any emergency medical team that responded to a call on my behalf.

Many of the products I found were just plain ugly, not something that I wanted to wear 24 hours a day.  I couldn’t bring myself to purchase nor wear any of the alerts.

Within a short period of time, I was diagnosed with an Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a blood disorder; an enlarged spleen; Esophageal Varices and a liver disorder which led to a kidney disorder.

The dilemma I faced was that no Medi-Alert Bracelet could tell doctors that I had these diseases, the medications that I was taking and more important; the drug allergies that I have.   My main fear was that an emergency room would give me a shot of Benadryl, a drug that will cause me to go into anaphylactic shock.

I finally designed my own bracelet which became a prototype that I redesigned several times.  The final product had 1 medi-alert charm (which I had engraved on the back – SEE OTHER CHARMS) and numerous small charms that I had engraved on the back the names of my 7 doctors, their specialty and their phone numbers and 1 charm had my contact information.  My Initial investment was around $500.

Unfortunately, after a few months the engraving on the smaller charms wore smooth and was difficult to read and my medical information kept changing.

Out of necessity I went back to the internet to see what type of bracelet I could purchase that would alert emergency personnel of my allergies, medications and the doctors that treat me.   I found a credit card that was actually a USB port that would hold all my medical information; but in a true emergency, my purse might not accompany me to the hospital.  I was back to square 1.

After many discussions with emergency personnel, I began to build a new prototype ICE Alert that I could wear with anything, wouldn’t look clinical but would be attractive to wear.  I asked numerous Emergency Room personnel what they would like to see on a non-responsive patient brought in via emergency response personnel.

Everyone I spoke with wanted to know a good medical history, including doctor contact information, medication take, and whenever possible a Health Care Surrogate Form.   Many older people also had a DO NOT RESITATE form on file with one or more of their doctors.

Although payment information might be important to the hospital, all the emergency room personnel felt that the Next Of Kin or the Health Care Surrogate could satisfy the admission requirement when they arrived at the hospital.

My concern remained with getting the proper information into the hands of emergency medical personnel, particularly since we travel frequently.

I put my thinking cap on and developed a new In Case of Emergency notification program that would meet all the needs of an emergency room physician.

ICE Medi-Alert was born out of my personal necessity.   I found myself using this program for more than just emergencies.   Sitting in a doctor’s office, I’m frequently asked what medication I take and the amount I’m prescribed.   Many of my doctors review medications that other doctors have prescribed to make sure that the individual drugs do not counteract one another.   I’m often ask if I have a health care surrogate form, it’s filed right with my medical information, as is the Do Not Resituate Form.   I’m able to update the information after each doctor visit.   None of my financial or social security information is posted on my website, and since I post the records myself, I am not bound by the HIPPA Law of confidentiality.  However, my website is password protected and I have a SSL (Secure Socket Layer – is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser.)

It didn’t take long before other individuals were asking where I obtained my bracelet and notification program.   I decided to make this program available to the general public.

ICE Medi-Alert is a combination of a charm that can be worn by both men and women, is not unattractive and gives Medical Staff an exclusive internet website address that can be easily accessed should I be transported to an emergency room.