Joliet, IL (May 31, 2011)--To its owner, the mobile phone is an indispensable lifeline at times of crisis, reuniting loved ones separated by unforeseen events at the touch of a button. But for emergency responders making life-and-death decisions, the phone poses a conundrum: Which of the numbers stored in its electronic address book should they call to reach your next of kin?
Problem solved! Silver Cross Hospital has just launched a smartphone application that could save your life in an emergency. The ICE (In Case of Emergency) application creates one central location to conveniently store information about your health conditions and current medications along with emergency contacts.
"Emergency responders are trained to search people's cell phones for ICE information in the event of an accident or other emergency," says Dr. Silvio Morales, medical director of the Silver Cross Emergency Department. "Having your emergency contact information stored in the app provides them, with one touch access to who you are and your key medical information to allow for proper, informed care during an emergency."
Silver Cross’s new app features the option to display a photo of your primary and secondary emergency contact next to the information, as well as the ability to list health condition and medications you're currently taking. The ICE application places emergency contacts at the top of the Contact list. There is also a banner that you can download to display emergency contact information on the wallpaper of your smartphone. This means that even if the phone is 'locked,' emergency responders will be able to see your primary emergency contact information. The ICE application also offers maps to all Silver Cross locations including the hospital’s 24/7 emergency departments in Joliet and Homer Glen.
Silver Cross Hospital’s ICE application is free and now available for download at the iTunes App Store. For more information, visit www.silvercross.org. If you need help installing or using the app, see the YouTube video for guidance.
About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox.