1st Response: Emergency Kit
Intranda Software and neeed apps hope to save a few lives with their new iPhone / iPod touch app, First Aid (click opens iTunes). The US$0.99 app, available in English, French, German, and Spanish, uses a different approach than PhoneAid by displaying a series of yes/no questions that take you through the process of helping a person in a medical emergency. There's also a large green call button that automatically dials your local emergency responders and prompts you for the information you'll need to provide. Rather than providing verbal instructions, First Aid has a set of flash card-like pictures that show you what to do to check airway, breathing, and circulation.
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, combines the best of the first two apps and then goes further in terms of being a helpful emergency tool. The one-tap emergency call screen is not only pre-populated with the number of the local responders, but also has one-tap dialing for your own personal emergency contacts.
A number of How-To resources built into Emergency Kit provide detailed information on what to do in dangerous situations, how to perform basic roadside repairs to your vehicle, and a complete illustrated first aid guide. If you're performing first aid on a person in a dark location, Emergency Kit has a light that can be adjusted from pinpoint to floodlight settings. It also has a universal SOS and distress strobe that is visible from up to 170 yards (155+ meters) away.
Even more helpful is that Emergency Kit can give information to responders in case you're the one who is injured. A medical profile contains information on your physician, medical alerts, current health status, insurance, and more. 1st Response: Emergency Kit is available for $2.99 until November 1st, at which time the pricing may change. The app has been localized in English, German, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish.
While some iPhone and iPod touch apps have dubious utility, a first aid app can give you the confidence and knowledge you need to assist others in an emergency.