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First Aid by American Red Cross
First Aid includes a list of emergency categories that range from small, everyday ailments such as allergies to more dangerous scenarios such as heart attack or head injuries.
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Poison ivy? Nasty bee sting? A sudden asthma attack? Look no further than First Aid by the American Red Cross, a free health app that provides instant access to medical information. This first aid guide has the potential to save lives. It’s similar to the existing S.O.S. American Red Cross app but more extensive and up to date.
First Aid includes a list of emergency categories that range from small, everyday ailments such as allergies to more dangerous scenarios such as heart attack or head injuries. It offers detailed information about what to do during a natural disaster, such as a tornado or a hurricane. (Handy tip: devise an emergency preparedness kit and create a household evacuation plan in case of emergency.) The app also provides prioritized steps to take during an emergency and includes a 911 call button.
On a lighter note, First Aid includes videos and animations to make learning fun and easy, as well as a section where you can take interactive quizzes to gain badges. Test yourself on the information relating to each type of emergency, gaining 10 points for every quiz that you successfully pass. Granted, the points don’t go toward any tangible prize, but they help you assess how much you’ve learned.
Perhaps the best feature of the First Aid app is that all of the content is preloaded. This ensures that your how-to’s and emergency information is always accessible, no matter your Internet connection or cell phone reception. You never know when you might find yourself in a sticky situation.
Note that you’re met with a disclaimer from the American Red Cross when you launch the app. It explains that First Aid does not provide medical advice or diagnoses, nor does it replace the counsel of a physician. (Duh...but still gotta say it.) Don’t let this app replace your visit to the doctor’s office—think of it, instead, as a helpful tool for when your doctor is out of reach.
Reviewed: Jul 26, 2012 | Rosalie CatanosoAlso featured on: The Ultimate College Survival Guide: Best Apps for College Students