October 2011, Martyn (Surrey):
"During the 22nd World Scout Jamboreee in Sweden this year, I was taken ill and sent to Kristianstad Hospital. The medical staff at the hospital were able to use the UTAG bracelet, after translation into Swedish, to be able to tailor their treatment plan to the complications of my diabetes. This was very successful on both occasions when I had to use the Swedish health service during my stay."
GearWeAre.com, review June 2011:
"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.
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."
13th Jan 2011, David Sheldrake:
"Practically the whole of the cruise ship had contracted the Norovirus including me. When I visited the ship's doctor who's English was not that good, I was able to hand him my UTag. He was able to recognise the medication that I was taking for my heart condition and realise that
there would be a conflict with what he was about to give me for the virus and was thus able to prescribe alternative medication"
14th October 2010, Mark Smithson from Worksop:
"I bought my UTAG some time ago after being told about it by a friend. I bought the UTAG Card just recently too including the wallet.
I have an allergy to penicillin and some pain medication along with being Type 1 Diabetic. I found this a great place to put all these details just in case as people say hoping to never use it. However in July 2010 while out on my mountain bike and travelling home after a great ride. And minding my own business but staying conscious of other traffic a complete idiot decided to not look at a junction I was just crossing and pull out straight in to my side. This shattered my knee femur and tibia. I was rendered unconscious after hitting my head on the ground. Fortunately the helmet saved my head.
I was taken to Chesterfield Royal where one of the doctors saw my wrist band from the sport UTAG unfortunately it had broken but the ambulance driver had put it with my personal affects. The doctor, having used one of these himself, knew that this may contain valuable information. He found it and printed the details I did not have my wallet or any other ID on me at the time and this proved invaluable has they could get in touch with the missus and have the details of my diabetes and allergies.
I believe my UTAG saved my life and allowed the relevant people to get in touch with my nearest and dearest. I almost lost my leg but after many hours of surgery my knee was removed along with a few inches of my tibia and temporally replaced with a resin cement until a knee replacement and shin combo is made and fitted sometime in the new year.
I was asked by loads of peeps where I got my UTAG and how good the item was.
I now have the UTAG Card, UTAG Sports Band and I would personally recommend everyone to get one of these superb bits of kit that way if you have an illness allergy or any other kind of problem that would help doctors if you had an accident or just so that they can contact your nearest and dearest if the worse should happen.
Small price huge benefit
I do hope this helps others decide to buy one"
25th Jan 2010, Simon (London marathon expo):
"I just thought I'd drop you a quick line to say thanks, let me explain. When I got my Utag Ice I thought it would be a good idea to put a copy ( Scan ) of my Driving License, Passport and E111 Euro health card in the Private folder as suggested, so I did. A few weeks later we went on our family holiday to France. Whilst on holiday I got a call from work ( I am a freelance sound recordist ) to take a job in Libya but they would need my passport asap for a visa application. They and I both wracked our brains how we could get my passport to London in time to start the process and were stumped, until the embassy said a scan of the passport would do to start the process and then the passport finally to get the visa but they would need the scan asap ( still 10 days of holiday to go ). I think you know what's next, I remembered my Utag private folder and duly e-mailed the scan of my passport to London. Without that scan with me I would have lost the job! So my Utag has paid for itself over and over ! What a great bit of kit ! I use mine for running and have since bought another I'm so impressed."