January 10, 2016
Imagine waiting at home for an expected loved one, but they never arrive. You begin calling hospitals and they do not have your family member there, although they do have “John Does.” Now imagine you were in an accident on the way home from work and you were unable to speak. How would the paramedics contact your loved ones? These real-life scenarios can be prevented with just one ICE Key Tag.
When it comes to receiving true “emergency” care, Lakeview Regional is now offering an added assurance for patients. The ICE (In Case of Emergency) Key Tag was recently developed as a means to alert first responders and hospital personnel of who to call if a patient is unresponsive during an emergency. That person can then alert the medical team of any allergies, medications or specific medical conditions. “When seconds count, the ICE Key Tag can mean life or death,” states Dr. Charles Muntan, Lakeview Regional’s Emergency Department Medical Director. “If an unconscious patient is brought to us, we can certainly provide the necessary treatment, however, it is most desirable to find out as much information about a patient in order to delivery the optimum care.”
Lakeview Regional Medical Center is centrally located between Mandeville and Covington, making it the provider of choice when an emergency arises. Lakeview Regional is staffed with board-certified, emergency trained physicians specializing in chest pain, heart attacks, and stroke, and is the first facility to offer 24-hour trauma coverage, including trauma surgery. Lakeview Regional was also the first hospital on the Northshore to offer 24/7 neurosurgery services for patients.
“At Lakeview Regional, we are dedicated to providing the best care possible,” states Bret Kolman, Lakeview Regional’s Chief Executive Officer. “Being able to reach emergency contacts helps us achieve that goal; and in turn offers a sense of assurance for our patients.”
Lakeview Regional’s ICE Key Tags are available at the Information Desk at the Hospital.