What is the Biker I.C.E. Card? – the in case of emergency (hence I.C.E.) card contains you contact details and essential medical information.
What does it do? – in case of an accident, it gives emergency services staff vital information about your health to help them decide the right treatment for you.
Where do I keep it? – preferably in your wallet because that is where, if you are unable to tell them, emergency services staff will look for it.
How can I show where I carry it? – we provide a discreet sticker for your helmet.
OK, how do I get a Biker I.C.E. Card? – read on and just click the links below.
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 2016 the number of bikers killed went down, but the numbers seriously injured rose slightly. In 2017, 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 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 of carrying health information.
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:
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. Download the pdf file, fill it in on your computer/tablet, 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.
- 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. allergies, allergic reactions. Reason: you don’t want to have an adverse reaction to any treatment given in good faith.
- 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 your 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.
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Disclaimer: Sheffield & District Advanced Motorcyclists (UK Charity No.: 1089671) gives no warranty , or accepts any liability for any use made of the Biker I.C.E. Card. Neither do we accept any liability for the information placed on the Biker I.C.E. Card or the context in which such information may be used. Anybody using the Biker I.C.E. Card may want to discuss with their health care professional what information may be pertinent to put on the card before using it.