I have spent the past 5 years in isolated communities in Northern BC, we did not have cell service…I know some of you may need a minute for that to sink in. So when we moved back to Duncan, Vancouver Island this past June we bought our first smart phones, that’s right the last cell phone I had was a flip up with a the text key pad. I was immediately stuck by how much “stuff” a phone could now do. It’s not that I had been living under a rock or anything I knew about apps and stuff, but had never experienced it first hand. So amazing.
So as a training partner with the Red Cross I knew they had developed a First Aid app, I am so impressed. This free app is so easy to use, and works for IPhone, IPad and Android. You can learn about different emergencies like choking, broken bones, and stings or bites. There are short quizzes to take to test your knowledge. The Emergency category breaks down step by step how to handle a medical emergencies. There is even an Emergencies Abroad section that lists every country and has an audio translation of “I need an ambulance” and “my location is” in the country’s language.
While this app is in no way a substitute for training, it is a great support and learning tool. The best way to prepare yourself for an emergency is by taking a Red Cross First Aid Course. According to a poll conducted by the Red Cross in 2014, only 1 in 5 Canadians have taken a CPR course in the past 3 years. If you are one of the 4 people who has not taken a CPR or First Aid course in the past 3 years now is the time. Contact me to set up a course for your business or to inquire about an upcoming course at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t forget to download the free Red Cross First Aid app today, http://www.redcross.ca/app or visit Apple App Store of Google Play Store.