First Aid With the Newly Released Red Cross App
Apps are changing our lives each and every day, offering steady access to information and services that many people would never receive in any other way. Apps help us educate our students, plan our finances, find the best coffee shops, and even learn how to tie a bowtie. But a new app that just launched in both the Android and iOS markets goes even further than that, and may just save your life someday. It's the first app designed by the Red Cross in their series of first aid preparedness releases, which will expand with several more apps over the second half of 2012. The Red Cross app will aid people in all sorts of emergency. If someone nearby is injured in any way, you'll be able to launch the app and look up exactly what you need to do to handle the situation in the short-term, until that person can be brought to medical professionals. According to the Red Cross' president for preparedness and health, Jack McMaster, the new app will relieve previous concerns about being able to handle a timely emergency. He spoke to Mashable about the app, bringing up the situation of a choking victim. The app will lay out in a simple series of steps what should be done, and in a way that almost anyone will be able to administer the type of care normally reserved for certified professionals. On top of that, the app will alert you if you're in over your head. You can swipe through the suggestions the app offers to treat a malady, and if it determines the person really needs immediate professional help, you can tap the 'emergency' button, which dials out to 911 for you. For people who just want to know what to do before the unexpected emergency actually happens, you can study various ailments and techniques in advance, and take quizzes on what you've learned. Finally, the app will also share the latest information and news reports concerning the Red Cross. McMaster contends that the app was designed for the common man on the street, not paramedics, doctors, nurses or EMTs. It's a full-bodied resource in the absence of medical training, and should add an extra level of comfort for babysitters managing a household of children or parents out and about with their kids. It's a game-changing release that just wouldn't be possible without smartphones and app technology. The Red Cross expects the app to have a very real and immediate impact on statistics from emergency situations. It should work a great deal better than other information sources, such as books or pamphlets, which don't help when they're forgotten at home on the bookcase. The portability means the information is there when you need it, and doesn't require spending nights at home studying up on techniques. Other first aid apps have hit the market previously, but the Red Cross' release promises to be the most comprehensive. It also has certain game-like elements, offering badges to people who pass quizzes and complete certain tasks, and of course comes with the standard social media integration with Facebook and Twitter. Once the Red Cross completes their offerings, with apps focused on natural disaster preparedness, it might lead to a world where people can handle their own emergencies with more frequency. Perhaps your Medigap insurance premium will even reduce, once you're comfortable enough with the flow of information to rely less on the medical field.