Apps which can help you save a life on the go.
Poisoning First Aid For Children
One of the most important things you learn as a new parent is to make sure that your child can’t get to household chemicals like bleach or caustic soda. Prevention is better than cure but if something happens, you need a quick source of information that tells you what to do.
This app gives a clear breakdown of what actions you should take if you fear that your child has ingested something toxic or been attacked by a venomous animal. You can also set it up to quickly give you emergency numbers if the worst happens. Simple but comprehensive and easy to navigate, which is important in a crisis.
EMERGENCY FIRST AID AND TREATMENT
Having this comprehensive app on hand will help you take the right actions in any of the emergency situations typically covered by ¬ first aid courses. Topics range from how to use an automated external defibrillator to what to do if you ¬ find yourself having to deliver a baby.
Step-by-step procedures are given in short passages illustrated with small but clear pictures. There are also videos, a CPR clock and a list of location-specific emergency numbers.
Easy to follow and covers a range of situations, but hopefully you’ll never need most of it.
BABY FIRST AID
Having to give first aid to a baby is every parent’s nightmare, so you want to be sure that you know what to do or can find out fast. This app does an impressive job of compiling instructions on treating an infant in the most common harmful situations that they could find themselves in, such as poisoning, scalding and choking. Parents would be well advised to read it over before needing it because some of the paragraphs might seem long in an emergency.
Nonetheless, the essentials are clearly organised in bullet points and have handy illustrations.
Attractive and well designed, this is something all mums and dads should have.
GOTOAID FIRST AID
The key to a good first aid app is a well organized layout that makes any information you need easy to find and act on. This one has that quality throughout. Its colourful main menu breaks down conditions into logical categories, each leading to a submenu listing related topics. Tap on any of these and you get basic information and a list of signs and symptoms. You can read these or the app will narrate them. Then you can proceed through the steps you’ll need to perform to provide treatment, which can also be printed o¬ as a poster. The attractive, efficient design is undermined by the fact that some images are missing.
PET FIRST AID
Animals can suffer heart attacks, burns, stings and broken bones too and this app shows you how to manage those tricky situations until you can get veterinary help. The design and layout is a lot like Pocket First Aid & CPR because both apps are from the same developer.
There is a section for emergencies and additional information that you might need in less urgent situations. This advice is broken down into easy to find, illustrated instructions supplemented by images, videos and hyperlinks.
Ever wondered if you could give a pet rescue breaths? This app shows you how.
ICE – IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
This app doesn’t give any first aid advice but does let you store and access information that could be vital in a situation where you are the first responder or an accident victim. If you allow it to detect your location, it will find nearby emergency services and healthcare providers. Your device’s GPS can also be used to send a user-definable SOS message to emergency contacts that you have stored in the app. On top of that, you can save your own medical history within the app, which might be handy if someone ever has to give first aid to you.
An excellent complement to an instructional app for situations where you need first aid.
WILDERNESS FIRST AID
First aid is especially important in the middle of nowhere because you are likely to be a long way from the nearest emergency services. This app will help if you need to give medical assistance in such circumstances. It has a list of protocols for everything from abdominal pain to wounds. In truth, much of the advice is the same as you’d find in any first aid guide but there are handy hints on when to evacuate. One of the best features is the step-by-step guide to CPR and there is also a very helpful and detailed list of what to include in a first aid kit.
Most of the advice isn’t specific to the wilderness but it could still get you home.
SAS SURVIVAL GUIDE
This app is useful for more than just first aid but the entries under that heading are more detailed than any of the other apps here. It includes case studies and well-illustrated, informative guides on how to give aid for all the treatable injuries you could expect in survival situations. It presents the information in a long stream of words so that there is almost too much to read but the sections on medicinal plants are a great bonus, together with the additional information on topics other than first aid.
Based on John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s book, it’ll teach you how to survive pretty much anything.
POCKET FIRST AID & CPR
Along with first aid advice, this app has a section dedicated to the essential information you need in a medical emergency. Tapping it provides a list of potentially fatal conditions that need a swift response. Each condition is broken down into subcategories that lead to instructional pages, which are neatly illustrated. There are hyperlinks to other entries you might need to access if a situation changes, such as if a patient stops breathing. There’s also a handy place to save your medical profile.
The best-designed app here coupled with reliable content from the American Heart Association.