EVERYONE who knows me thinks I look like the perfect picture of health. It’s true – I do. I’m proper eye candy, me.
But the truth is, dear readers, that beneath this glowing and unblemished skin lies nothing but the bits God laughingly rejected when he was piecing more fortunate people together. I won’t go into great detail because you might be having your tea, but in a nutshell I’m on so many tablets that I sound like a pair of maracas when I run.
And that’s why you’ll never see me running. I also have a knackered knee, but that’s another story.
One other thing about me is that I ride a motorbike far too fast for my own good which, statistically, puts me at great risk of becoming a potential organ donor. And this is where the UTAG Ice comes in.
I saw this clever card a few years ago in my local motorbike shop and promised myself that one day I’d get one just in case I was unfortunate enough to find myself flying through the air with nothing to break my fall other than my head and loosely-packaged vital organs. It could happen too, as much as I hate to think about it. Likewise similar could happen to you as you’re yomping along the edge of a cliff or even crossing the road in front of a bus which you could swear was further away than that when you looked a moment ago.
The point is that any one of us could be in an accident which leaves us unable to look down the attending nurse’s cleavage straight away – or worse.
If that time ever comes and I’m unable to convey my displeasure at the situation I’m going to have to rely on something else.
Now I don’t know a single person who can say exactly what medication I’m on (not even Mrs Muz who sees the packets on the bathroom windowsill every day), but this UTAG Ice card can tell the emergency services not only what it is, but what dosages are involved and how often I take them.
It will also tell my angelic life-savers my full name, blood group, allergies, next of kin and other important stuff which could mean the difference between me eating hospital food unaided and being carted off in a box.
This is a product which you use once and forget about. It’s not exciting and it’s not sexy, but I believe it’s vital nonetheless.
Similar to a credit card it’s designed to slip into your wallet and it’s marked ‘In Case of Emergency’ (ICE) with symbols that medical professionals should recognise when they see them. With a tiny flip-out USB connection it fits into the USB port of any computer running on Windows ME, 2000, XP or Vista and after one click up will pop everything the doctors need to know about me. That will help them decide what treatment I should get and will hopefully save precious time.
On first plugging the brand new card in yourself, once you register a password with it you can add all the detail you want, and likewise leave out anything you think is unimportant. Not that anything on it is unimportant, mind you. To help protect your identity should you ever lose the card, there is no address on there and only your birth year is shown.
Despite the primary reason for carrying such a thing there is also access to a private folder so, should you wish to, you can store documents you might need should you ever lose the originals – driving licence, overseas medical insurance gubbins etc. This information is encrypted and protected by your password, making sure that only you can see it.
As well as the card, UTAG also produces a version styled as a dogtag and another which can be worn around your wrist for sporty types. All do exactly the same thing.
The card, incidentally, comes with a couple of small stickers for your motorbike or helmet, announcing ‘In case of emergency – on rider’ so 999 crews will be pointed towards your wallet should the worst happen.
This product is great, in my humble opinion, and everyone should carry one just in case.
If I was to pick fault with anything about the card, I would say that it should be marked along all of the edges with ‘In Case of Emergency’ because these are usually the only bits exposed in a wallet and they’d be visible immediately. The hinged USB on the dogtag could have a better magnet to keep it in place too, but again that’s only a minor thing.
With an RRP of £25 they’re not the cheapest things in the world, but once you pay for one you won’t need another and you can just update the information on it when necessary. It’s not as though you’ll wear it out and need another one, is it?
SUMMARY: A potential life-saver, the UTAG Ice is a must-have. It’s simple to use and once you’ve set it up you can just forget about it. Everyone should have one.
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