First Aid is the official American Red Cross supporting app that provides expert advises for everyday emergencies in people’s hand. You can instantly find the information you need to know to handle common first aid emergencies. It has simple step-by-step instructions, not only in text but also videos and animations makes learning first aid easy and fun. All the safety information are preloaded so users can instantly access any information they need even without Internet. You can also find the closest hospital location and contact information on the phone through GPS if necessary.
Emergencies occur all around us and we couldn’t control accidents, and knowing what actions need to control an emergency can make the difference between life and death. This is why knowing first aid is so important. When the emergency happens, the quicker people treat it in a right way, the safer the injured people will be. However, in many emergency situations, people do not know the right first aid to control the situation, sometimes even make things worse by using wrong first aid. This is why such First Aid apps are invented to address the health justice.
The approach is based on the technology-enhanced learning (TEL) theory, Ann Light and Rosemary Luckin claimed that “The technology increase expand away from fixed desktop technologies to small, affordable, mobile devices suggests that there is even greater potential for TEL to be experienced by the masses, and therefore it to promote social justice” (2008). There are two aspects how we design TEL applications to help people enhance their learning. “First, TEL can offer learners and experience that is specific to them and that is designed to meet their individual needs” (Light and Luckin, 2008). The app was designed for specific purpose and function. It intends to inform people first aid information in emergency cases, and people can chose emergency categories on the app and see what to do. Besides the first aid suggestions, there are several FAQ in each situation allows people read more related information. Because it is a smart phone app, it is very convenient to access the app with less limitation.
For privacy concerns, there is no any mandatory log in function in order to access the app or any other users information require. People can access it even without Internet connection. So there does not have too much concerns about surveillance problem through this app. Alice E. Marwick said “Making information public can also have positive supportive social effects” (2012). True in First Aid, its function is sharing the professional advices to people and intends to allow more people to know these information in the app.
This app now is available for iPhone and Android devices, the two most common smart phone system. For showing the first aid advises, there are not only text in the app, users can also watch videos and animations to learn first aid. “As a best-practice accessibility-enhanced Website, the content should usually short and to the point” (Soederquist, 2012). All of the first aid advises are written step by step, and normally each step is a short sentence tells you what you should do. The content in the app is legible, all the text is black with a white background; some important hints are highlight in red color for example “Call 911”.
The First Aid app is a great and useful tool to help people deal with emergency situations. It could save people’s life by these short advises. Keeping our lives away from danger is the most basic human right. First Aid enable us to protect ourselves better.
Light, Ann and Rosemary Luckin. (2008). “Designing for Social Justice: People, Technology and Learning.” Report for Futurelab.
Marwick, Alice. (2012). “Public Domain: Surveillance in everyday life.” Surveillance & Society. 9(4): 378-393.
Soederquist. (2012). “Why mobile Web accessibility matters- best practices to make your mobile site accessible” from mobiForge.
British Red Cross (2013, March 24). Baby and Child First Aid App [Video file]: Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K6CMdl34fs
Pete Railton. Digital image. Retrieved from http://www.wirefresh.com/british-red-cross-first-aid-app-is-an-essential-download-for-iphone-and-android-users/