There are a ton of free (and almost free) apps available for your iPhone, iPod and iPad. Below are 5 first aid & CPR app options that won’t cost you a penny.
WebMD for iPad
This is an amazing resource for many common first aid topics, including signs, symptoms and treatment. It covers a range of topics, from treatment for an allergic reaction to broken bones and insect bites.
This is a great comprehensive resource.
My grade: A
Recommendations: More visuals could have been incorporated, however the information provided is quite comprehensive.
iFirst Aid Lite
This “lite” version includes the step-by-step procedures for CPR, bleeding emergencies, burns, choking and poisoning, as well as an emergency call button that will connect you directly with 911. I really like the step-by-step nature of this app, that’s almost like a “choose your own adventure” book. For example, when you click on choking, it then has two buttons to choose from – one for if the person is able to breathe and one for if they are unable to breathe. It then provides the appropriate treatment based on the level of severity.
My grade: A
Recommendations: A greater number of topics would be nice, but I understand that this is the free “lite” version, so it’s great that primary emergencies, like CPR and choking, are included.
This app is really different from all others I’ve seen because it helps you measure the rate and depth of compression when proving chest compressions in CPR. If you open this app and hold the phone in your hand while compressing, it will give you instant feedback as to whether or not you are compressing hard and fast enough. I have at least one client in every one of my sessions who is hesitant about compressing “too hard” so this app is a great resource.
My grade: A
Recommendations: It took me a few minutes of playing with the app to figure out exactly what it did. Better user-friendliness is my recommendation (especially if you wanted to use it in the chaos of an emergency).
This is a flashlight app for iPhone 4 that is extremely handy for emergency situations. I especially like the option of flicking on either a wall switch or a flashlight (and you can also create a custom light switch). In an emergency, there is a “Text to Morse” feature that allows you to type in a phrase and it will flash it in Morse code.
My grade: A+
Recommendations: Remove ads free of charge. Because this is a free version, there is a small ad bar at the bottom of the screen, which you can pay to remove for $0.99.
Emergency Survival Kit from wikiHow
This app encompasses everything “survival”! From first aid to vehicle emergencies to wilderness survival this guide has it all! The first aid section is fairly comprehensive and covers such topics as helping a seizure victim, caring for a stab wound and even delivering a baby!
My grade: A+
Recommendations: I don’t have any recommendations regarding the functionality of this app, but all I would suggest is having more topics and more of this great information!
So hop on over the App Store and download these apps and more to supplement your emergency-preparedness training. Enjoy!
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