Red Cross App Assists in First Aid Emergencies

Canadian Red Cross App
A screen grab from the new first aid app launched by the Canadian Red Cross. (CHRISD.CA)

The Canadian Red Cross has come out with its own smartphone app to allow users to brush up on their first aids skills.

The app, not meant to replace traditional first aid and emergency training, provides safety tips for common disasters and includes advice to guide you through a medical emergency situation.

“Many Canadians lack the confidence to provide life-saving basic first aid,” the Red Cross said on its website. “While nearly seven in 10 Canadians say they would recognize the signs of a life-threatening emergency, like choking or a heart attack, fewer than half are confident they have the skills to help.”

The app is a free download for Apple and Android devices and comes with videos and quizzes on first aid procedures, along with step-by-step instructions on how to handle an emergency. Of course, in a real medical emergency, nothing can replace calling 911.

The app was launched just ahead of World First Aid Day on September 14.