First aid apps
- By: Richard A Field
Survival from out of hospital cardiac arrest is poor: fewer than 10% of patients survive to hospital discharge. It is well known that good quality immediate bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and early defibrillation using publicly located automated external defibrillators (AEDs) increase the chances of survival. Many bystanders are reluctant to help because they do not know what to do or fear causing further harm to the casualty. Medical students are often thought by friends and family to be the ones who would know what to do in an emergency. Plenty of medical students, however, will not feel well versed enough in first aid and CPR to deal with a life threatening emergency.
Several apps are available that teach various clinical skills including first aid and resuscitation skills. Although these are unlikely to be a surrogate for hands-on first aid training they do provide the opportunity to learn some basic lifesaving