‘In Case of Emergency’ cards can save lives

‘In Case of Emergency’ cards can save lives

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Viewers of Thursday night’s episode of Fair City on RTÉ saw first-hand the benefit of this simple yet clever innovation, when Rose (played by Geraldine Plunkett) collapses after running out of her diabetes medication.

The situation only becomes clear when her In Case of Emergency (ICE) card is found in her bag, alerting another to the cause of her issue.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards are the brainchild of Co. Clare entrepreneur Connie Danaher, who, after an incident where she was left stranded without a working mobile phone, recognised the importance of having a physical source of important phone numbers with you at all times. The idea quickly evolved to also include information on any medical conditions that apply to the carrier, making these tough, durable and pocket- or handbag-friendly cards the ideal companion for anyone that could find themselves in an emergency situation.

ICE Cards have teamed up with several national bodies, most recently Diabetes Ireland, in order to promote awareness of the importance of carrying such a card. Others who could benefit from these cards include children and students, people that engage in sports such as hill-walking or climbing, and those living with asthma, epilepsy, dementia or memory-loss.

Quickly personalised when ordering via the www.irishicecard.ie website, each card will, at a glance, provide the carrier or emergency personnel with vital information that, in certain situations, could save their life.

An ideal gift to show someone that you care and wish to keep them safe, more information on In Case of Emergency Cards can be found at www.irishicecard.ie, or directly from founder, Connie Danaher on 087 9777011.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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