Apps have all sorts of uses; to entertain, to waste time, to reduce admin, to help with work, and much more. These days, smartphones and their mobile applications have evolved to have the potential to save lives. There are apps on the market that help you stop smoking, eat healthier, and exercise more often, and there are also apps that can save your life in the more immediate sense.
In this article, we’ll look at five apps that can save your life!
This is a truly revolutionary app that has only been released fairly recently. The GoodSam app will automatically contact emergency services when it is activated, and will also alert other users nearby who are trained in first air or life support.
This app relies on its community, and its success is determined by the number of trained individuals that sign up. According to a recent report, over 1500 have already signed up, and this number is rising all the time.
Read more about GoodSam on their website.
2. CPR & Choking
CPR & Choking provides instant detailed information on performing CPR and helping a victim of choking. These short videos will aid anybody responding to an emergency of this kind.
It goes without saying that there is little chance of having enough time to watch the videos and perform CPR at the same time – so these videos are designed for the user to watch in their own time, with a view to becoming more aware of best practice. As they clearly state on their site, this app is “no substitute for proper training”, but can be a useful addition.
Read more about CPR & Choking here.
3. Close Call
This fairly simple app enables a smartphone user to create a customised wallpaper, which includes all the essential contact information should there be an emergency. This app is totally free, and is especially helpful for those with uncommon conditions, or serious allergies. An example of this would be if someone was allergic to penicillin, or was prone to irregular seizures.
If your phone cannot be unlocked without a password, this is the ideal protection in case an emergency occurs.
Read more about the Close Call app here.
iTriage is a mobile application that was founded by 2 doctors, with a view to helping people across the world figure out what could be causing their specific symptoms.
Much of the content included on the tool is reviewed by Harvard Medical School. Furthermore, the user is able to research the medication that they have been prescribed and compare potential side effects.
It is no substitute for proper diagnosis, but prides itself on “empowering people to make better healthcare decisions.” In the USA, this app also allows users to find their nearest healthcare centre or clinic, directing them to the most appropriate for their particular needs.
Although this feature isn’t functional in the UK, it is still a handy pocketbook.
Read more about iTriage on their website.
5. St. John’s Ambulance First Aid
This app has received great acclaim for both Android, Blackberry, and iOS, and includes official UK first aid protocols to assist in case of emergency. Although no replacement for a genuine first aid course, this app offers tons of useful – and crucially well structured – advice and tips on the course of action to take in a number of situations.
According to the St. John’s Ambulance website;
“Even basic first aid knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Our free first aid app puts potentially life saving advice at your fingertips.”
Learn more on their website.
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