5 FREE First Aid & CPR Apps

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).  

 Droid Light

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! 

Be calm, be confident & think common sense! 




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First Aid Professionals: Veronica Daniel

Here is the very first entry to our First Aid Professionals Series! This series is designed to shed light on our community heroes who make saving lives their life’s mission (and who make it look easy)! 

Today’s post is from Veronica Daniel who has been a friend of mine for over 15 years and she now works as a paramedic. Please enjoy her awesome story!





How did you get started in this field?

Even though I didn’t know it, I started getting into this field at a fairly young age by taking lifesaving swimming classes, which slowly helped me transition me into becoming a lifeguard, teaching first aid and becoming apart of a first aid response team at a water park.

When did you know that you wanted to do this full time?

I went off to University thinking I would become a physiotherapist, however through volunteering with sports teams and at clinics I found that, while I enjoyed it I couldn’t see myself still being excited about the job 10 years down the road. So while sitting in calculus thinking how this course would ever relate to me, I got to thinking what other programs I could take that would embody all the things that I wanted to do: I knew I wanted to work in the health care profession, I knew I wanted to help people and I knew that I wanted something challenging that would keep me intellectually invested and passionate about the job that I do. My roommate was flipping through a college brochure and said that she would love to be a paramedic, and it was then that it kind of clicked that becoming a paramedic would be the absolute perfect job for me (it didn’t help that we just had a grueling calculus test!). I finished my 4 years of university even though I desperately wanted to get out of calculus and then went to 2 years of college to become a Paramedic.       

How long have you been a paramedic?

I’ve been a paramedic for one and a half years.

What does your job involve on a day-to-day basis?

First thing we do when we come in for a shift is check our truck. We make sure it’s clean and has all the supplies we need for the day. We then wait for the “tones” (like a school bell but really loud!) to go off and then we hop in our truck and respond to our first call. Whenever you call 911 it goes to a dispatching centre who then determine who is closest truck and then sends us out based on location. Because you never know what the emergency is until the dispatcher tells you, you have to be ready for everything! You might go for some woman having abdominal pain and the next minute you’re delivering a baby! (Hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’m hoping soon!) 

If we’re not on a call we have what are called “posts” which means we sit and wait for a call (ie. In a Tim Horton’s parking lot…no we’re not just sitting there because we want coffee but because we need to stand-by and wait for a call). By having the ambulances strategically placed throughout the region we have response times.  

What type of injuries or incidents do you see most?

The emergencies that we respond to the most are people having chest pain, shortness of breath, strokes, seizures or someone who’s had a fall. The other thing we usually do on a daily bases is go to a MVC (motor vehicle collision).  

What’s your favourite part of the job?

There are so many things I love about this job; besides helping people, one of my favourite parts of the job is actually having a partner! In this type of job you really need someone that you can depend on and communicate with really well. It could be as simple as carrying someone down the stairs, but if your communication is off than it makes your job a lot harder. When you get used to your partner, than you start to have a silent type of communication where you just know what the other person needs and you work seamlessly together. Other things I like about this job is all the wonderful knowledge and equipment we have to really make a difference before people get to the hospital and truly affect their outcome. And when we don’t need to use any fancy equipment I just like knowing that we’ve made someone else’s day a little less stressful in their time of emergency (this could be as simple as holding grandma’s hand while she gets an intravenous).    

What’s your least favourite part of the job?

I would have to say the least favourite part of the job is the clean up! Unfortunately we have some really sick patients vomiting or bleeding in our truck, which means lots of clean up! Our workplace of course provides protective equipment and cleaning supplies, which make it a lot easier (and in the back of my head I know times are way better now because as my partner once said they had to clean and re-use a lot of equipment including bag valve masks for a cardiac arrest).

What is the best piece of first aid advice you have for parents?

Some of the most pertinent pieces of advice I can give:

  1. Try and stay calm in an emergency (notice how I said “try”…because I know it’s not easy). If you are calm, than your children will be too. Close your mouth and take a deep breath in through your nose and exhale. 
  2. Make your children wear helmets no matter how un-cool it makes them look or how much they think you’re mean for making them do so
  3. Whenever someone is bleeding try and find a clean dressing (could be as simple as a paper towel).

If you wish you could tell the whole world one thing about what you do, what would it be?

Paramedics respond to all emergencies and give you pre-hospital monitoring and treatment to ensure that when we take you to the hospital you’re already receiving treatment and on your way to recovery.

Be calm, be confident & think common sense!




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Managing Bystanders

 Bystanders can be extremely helpful to you as a rescuer if they are properly managed. However, if improperly managed, bystanders can be more of a hindrance than help. Most of the time people just aren’t sure what to do or how to help, so it’s your job to direct them. 

To make this easier, we have created a list of 20 tasks you can get bystanders to do in an emergency situation. We’ve listed them in order of importance so that you can stay calm and smoothly move from one task to the next. Print a copy out to keep in your first aid kit in your home, car and office. You never know when it might come in handy!  

Click on the image below to be taken to our Resources page where you can download the 1-page PDF. 







Be calm, be confident and think common sense!





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Parent Interview Series: Emily Krbec

We are excited to present to you (drum roll please)… the very first entry to our Parent Interview Series! This is a place where parents share their experiences with new and seasoned parents alike so we can all feel more confident caring for our little ones!

Today’s post is from Emily Krbec who is a very good friend of mine and she is the brilliant mind behind Emily Krbec Photography. Please enjoy her words of wisdom below.














How old are your children?

I have one little boy who is 2 years old.

What do they get into most?

Like most 2 year olds, he pretty much gets into everything. He would probably eat the cat food if I didn’t keep it out of reach!

What’s been your biggest first aid scare?

Other than a few scrapes and bruises, we’ve been very lucky. No big first aid scares to date.

When did you start introducing solids into your child’s diet?

We started introducing solids when he was 6 months old.

How do you prevent a choking emergency?

We started slowly at first, only introducing a new food every so often, and avoided hard foods for awhile until we were sure he was able to manage them. Baby Mum-Mum rice rusks were an awesome introduction to finger foods as they melt in baby’s mouth.

Do you have any tips and tricks for keeping your home safe?

You don’t necessarily need specially created safety products to keep your home safe. You can use elastics to keep your little one from getting into cupboards, and get in the habit of putting potentially dangerous things on a high shelf. I try to use natural and mild cleaning products, detergents and soaps.

What kind of questions do you wish you had been able to ask other parents about your child’s safety?

When a question has come up that I have been unsure about, I have had no problem asking for advice from more experienced parents. Thanks Mom 🙂

What’s your best piece of advice for brand new parents?

Don’t sweat it. You’ll figure out all the best ways to keep your wee one safe as you go along. Every few weeks they will be able to reach a little higher, crawl a little further and become a little more curious, nothing will stay the same for very long! Also, when in doubt: google it.


Be calm, be confident & think common sense!




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