I do not know about you but my last First Aid training that I received dates back to more than ten years ago. I forgot a lot that I was taught back then and would be hard pressed in emergency situations to do the right thing. Like with many things, you need regular training to stay on top of things.
Still, if you do not have the time or desire to refresh your first aid skills once per year or so at the very least, you do have a couple of options that can aid you in emergency situations.
First Aid by the American Red Cross is an application for Google Android devices that can assist you in times when others depend on you making the right decisions. The application is made up of four big parts more or less. You can use the first to learn about First Aid to know what to do in an emergency. The second part deals with doing the right things in an emergency situation. Lets take a look at both groups in details. The third helps you prepare yourself for emergencies, and the fourth comes in form of a test that helps you memorize the things that you have learned using the application.
When you open the learn tab you are presented with a list of possible scenarios that you need to pick one from. This ranges from bleeding and broken bones to choking, distress or heart attacks.When you open one of the learning modules you are presented with advice in video and text form.
The advice is listed in order so that you know exactly what you have to do and in what order. The videos shown are shot and repeat more or less what the text states. You find related first aid information and a questions and answers section below that
A tap on prepare displays information and guides that help you during natural catastrophes like Earthquakes or Hurricanes, and day to day emergencies like fires or power outages. Many include a "before checklist" that you should work through to make sure you are well prepared for it. It also lists "during" information that provide you with tips what you need to do while it is happening, and related information.
The Emergency tab offers advice for the same emergencies that the learn tab offers but in compressed form. You only find the most vital information here and a learn more button that links to the learn section for the emergency that you are looking up. The videos displayed here have a play time between ten and 30 seconds.
What is neat is that it offers a button to call 911 so that you can tap on it to call and do not have to do that by your own.
The First Aid -American Red Cross app for Android is a helpful application that can help you help others in case of an emergency. It has been designed for people in the US but most information can also be used if you are not living in the US. The "call 911" buttons may not work in your country and all information that you find in the app are only available in English.
A first aid application is a must have on a phone in my opinion. You carry it around with you all the time anyway so that you can access vital information fast and do the right things at the same time in the right order.
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