British Red Cross First Aid
In case of emergency, break out app...
iOS App of the Week The Red Cross was in the news recently when it issued new guidelines for performing CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - and it has followed this up with a free First Aid app that's worth downloading in case of emergencies.
The app is divided into four sections. The Emergency area provides instant advice for dealing with common injuries and illnesses, such as allergy attacks and broken bones. There are video clips and diagrams to help you out, and even timers to make sure you perform procedures for the correct length of time.
Look up commonplace emergencies (left) and learn how to deal with them (right)
That initial advice is followed by a Q&A section that provides more detailed advice and corrects common misconceptions, such as the notion of applying ice to a burn.
The other two sections are designed to prepare you in advance. The Learn zone provides basic information about medical emergencies, explaining how to recognise things like a heart attack, and the significance of various symptoms.
Expand your knowledge
There’s also a section called Prepare that you can use as a kind of checklist to test your readiness for specific situations, such as severe weather or a flu outbreak. Some of the advice might seem rather obvious – "keep warm in winter" rather falls into the ‘duh’ category – but most of the info is relevant and useful.
You can test yourself with multiple-choice questions to make sure you’ve got the hang of the basics, and there are also options for making a donation to the Red Cross or for finding out about proper first-aid courses.
Are you prepared for life's little - and not-so-little - emergencies?
If you’re looking for something a little more in-depth then the free St John Ambulance First Aid app is a useful source of information. But for on-the-spot instant advice the Red Cross app is the one I want on my iPhone. ®
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...mine (Andriod) has plenty of info in there.
And here is a shocker, if someone is bleeding to death, having a heart attack, then guess what. Call 999
Then you look what to do.
Maybe you need to scroll down a little perhaps?
Just found it in the Android Market too - an excellent recommendation all round.
911 vs 999 vs 112 vs ...
According to wiki (may or may not be correct) the GSM protocol interprets your 999 or 911, or 112 etc and routes direct to local emergency service.
I recall reading (probably even more incorrect) that UK switchboards will route 911 to 999 simply because our yoof have been dragged up on so much US guff they think that is the correct emergency number.
It's odd with so many standards around that the world still has so many different emergency numbers - surely lives, literally, could be saved by making it the same everywhere?
They just want your money and they care not how they get it; that's 21st century charity for you. It's commerce with charity as its cover.
There is an emergency number that is the same everywhere, or at least pretty much everywhere; it is 112. Perhaps it could be more widely advertised so that people know to automatically dial it in case of emergency when abroad.