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App of the week – First Aid
Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency with First Aid App
In a 2013 poll conducted by the Canadian Red Cross, 40 percent of Canadians had been
in an emergency where they needed to use first aid but only half of Canadians felt
confident that they would know what to do. When you look at the stats, it’s scary to think
how few of us would be prepared to deal with an emergency situation where a few
minutes of CPR could make the difference between life and death. With these statistics in
mind, the Canadian Red Cross created an app designed to help people learn about and
deal with emergencies from severe bleeding to heart attack.
First Aid by the Canadian Red Cross is an easy to use app that can help you learn about
common emergencies requiring first aid. It also provides clear step-by-step instructions
detailing how to handle a range of emergencies, should you find yourself in an
emergency situation. If you’ve taken a first aid course in the past, this app is an easy way
to brush up on the skills you already have. There are even some tests within the app to
help you solidify your knowledge. Where this app really shines though, is in providing
clear and concise instructions that even someone without first aid training can follow.
In addition to information about emergencies and instructions on how to handle them, the
First Aid app provides you with a range of guides to help you prepare for emergencies
such as earthquakes, fires, and severe weather. Each of the preparedness guides provides
you with a “Before” and “During” checklist and links to any related first aid guides—for
instance, the Fire guide links to the first aid guide for burns.
Despite having a wealth of information on common medical emergencies, first aid, and
emergency preparedness, the First Aid app has a clean and easy to navigate. Tabs along
the bottom help you navigate through the Learn, Prepare, Emergency, and Tests sections
quickly. If you truly find yourself in an emergency situation, finding the information you
need should simple. Just remember that the recommendations you get from this app are
meant to handle the immediate emergency—you should still seek medical attention or
call an ambulance depending on the severity of the injury.
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