Red Cross creates first aid app

HONOLULU — The American National Red Cross now has an official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information in the hands of smart phone users.  

This app, the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, can be used on both the Android and iPhone platforms.

It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes.

Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge.

“The American Red Cross First Aid app is a free and easy way to get lifesaving first aid instruction and disaster preparedness information anytime, anywhere,” said Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council Chair Dr. David Markenson.

“Everyone should load this onto their smart phone as an important first step in learning what to do for medical emergencies and in creating a family preparedness plan.”

App features include:

• Simple step-by-step instructions for everyday first aid scenarios;

• Prioritized steps to take during an emergency, with 9-1-1 call button;

• Sharable badges to be unlocked through interactive quizzes;

• Videos and animations to make learning first aid fun and easy;

• Safety and preparedness tips for a range of conditions including severe winter weather, hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes; and

• Preloaded content that gives instant access to all safety information at any time.

 The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users.  

However, Red Cross officials say, downloading the app is not a substitute for training. To learn more about American Red Cross first aid or register for a course, go to redcross.org/takeaclass.

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