All bikers know that riding a motorcycle has some risk and most don’t like to be reminded about it. In the UK, motorcyclists make up 1% of traffic and 19% of all road deaths. They are 75 times more likely to be in a serious or fatal accident than a car driver. In 2013, young riders accounted for 38% of motorcycle casualties. In the same year 331 bikers were killed and 4,866 were seriously injured. From 2014 to 2017 the number of bikers killed went down, but the numbers seriously injured rose slightly. In 2018, with its great riding weather, seriously injured biker casualties seem to be on the rise again.
Nobody wants to see a biker go down but it happens, so what can we do about it? Attempts at modifying the driving behaviour of other motorists have been a lamentable failure. In fact, since the development of mobile phones the risks to other road user have become dramatically worse. So, it is up to bikers themselves to reduce the risks. Advanced rider training, such as that provided by the volunteer bikers through our charity, helps to keep bikers safer on the roads; but, in the event of an accident the most critical factors are skilled help and information. This is where the Biker I.C.E. Card
solution is more effective than other methods. Carrying health information in your wallet/purse/pocket its immediately available to your health care staff when they need it.
OK, WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF CARRYING A ‘BIKER I.C.E. CARD’ OVER OTHER ICE METHODS?
There are many methods for a biker to carry their ICE information including:
- Paper/card-based methods
- Medic-alert bracelets/necklaces
- Electronic: QR codes, UTAG dogtags, mobile phone, etc.
Current paper/card-cased methods may carry very limited information and you often need to obtain new forms from the supplier to update/replace them. Medic-alert bracelets/necklaces alert emergency staff to specific health problems, but may rely on the casualty to tell staff the details of any current health difficulties and treatments. Electronic methods rely on accessing the data held by private companies, or on a mobile phone that might be locked or damaged in an accident. It may not be possible for emergency services staff to readily access this data where it is needed to help treat your injuries, at the roadside. For a review of current I.C.E. methods read this SAM article
The Biker I.C.E. Card
is totally controlled by YOU. Either, fill in the form online (your data is NOT stored on our systems), or download the pdf file to your computer/tablet/phone, fill it in, print it out and put it in your wallet/purse/pocket. If your health or health care changes, just update the form and print is out again. If you are involved in an accident you can hand it over to the emergency service staff. It’s that simple. You own it. You control who has access to it. You are responsible for keeping it up to date and carrying it.
The Biker I.C.E. Card
will help emergency service staff by:
- Identifying who you are
- What language you speak
- The name of an emergency contact and how to get in touch with them
- Any current health conditions you suffer from
- Any ongoing disability you may have
- Medication you are taking
- Any important medical history
- Your GP’s name, address and phone number
- Your NHS No./EHIC No./Travel Insurance details
In the UK your NHS number will give emergency services staff access to you health care records. An EHIC number will show you entitlement to health care within the EU. Travel insurance details will show that you can, if it is necessary, pay for any health care costs beyond any emergency treatment received. The Biker I.C.E. Card
will help to ensure that emergency services staff have the information they need to take account of any ongoing health problems you have and any current treatments that you are receiving. It can make their job easier and your emergency care safer.
The Biker I.C.E. Card
prints onto one side of A5 size paper/card and can be folded down to the size of a business card to fit into your wallet/purse/pocket. If you use an inkjet printer, we recommend that you spray it with fixative to protect it, or put it into a small plastic pouch. Filling in the form is easy and the font will adjust to ensure all your data fits into the boxes.
There are seven section on the Biker I.C.E. Card:
- Identity: includes your name, language spoken, home address, next-of-kin and their contact numbers. Reason: makes it easier to contact and communicate with others on your behalf.
- Medication: list all the medicines, including over-the-counter, food supplements and homeopathic medications that you are currently taking. Reason: medications, food supplements and homeopathic medications can adversely interact with the powerful drugs used in emergency care.
- Current illness/disability: list any current illness and or disability. Reason: any disability will need to be managed and any current illness may need ongoing treatment.
- Any relevant medical history. Reason: anything that may impact upon your health and welfare.
- Other information: e.g. blood group, allergies, allergic reactions. Reason: you want the right blood available when you need and you don’t want to have an adverse reaction to any treatment given in good faith. It may take a little time to get the right blood type for you so the earlier your health care staff have the information the better.
- Doctor: name, address, phone number. Reason: your doctor may have health information that can affect any care you receive. They are also forewarned that you may need ongoing health care treatment when you go home.
- NHS No./EHIC No./Travel insurance details. Reason: In the UK, the NHS electronic patient record holds information that may impact upon your care. In the EU the EHIC number will ensure that you get emergency treatment. In some circumstances, travel health insurance will help to meet the costs of any ongoing treatment needed.
Get YOUR Biker I.C.E. Card now by entering your name and email address and clicking the button below. Its YOUR LIFE, so fill it in, carry it and keep it up to date. Also, why not be a REAL friends to other bikers and ensure they carry one too when out riding with you.
Need more than one, no problem. Use this page to get as many as you like and do your bit to help keep biker’s safer on our roads. Thank you.