The word is treated as a noun by ambulances crews, who refer to 'passing an ASHICE'. The passing of an ASHICE message is generally undertaken in order to pre-alert a receiving emergency department that a critically ill patient is being brought in
Meaning of the acronym
The acronym is used to pass all the most vital details of the patient to the receiving hospital in order to ensure staff have all the appropriate equipment and staff assembled and prepared.
- Age — Patient's age
- Sex — Whether the patient is male or female
- History — What has happened to the patient (e.g. collapsed in street)
- Injuries/illness — What injuries have been sustained, or what illness symptoms are presenting
- Condition — Observations of the patient (pulse, BP etc.), interventions used (Cannulation, Intubation etc.)
- ETA — Estimated Time of Arrival to the hospital
- Extra Info (When at hospital) — Allergies, Medications and relevant Past Medical History.
ASHICE is also taught as the basis of handing over a patient at hospital, or for community responders handing over to arriving ambulance crews (although the ETA is not required here).
- "Ambulance Technician Study". Retrieved 2006-06-14.