Learn the First Aid on Your Phone

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.

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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.

Works Cited

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/

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5 thoughts on “Learn the First Aid on Your Phone

  1. Very well written piece! Although I honestly do appreciate the idea of a “first aid app”, I have to wonder about its disadvantages. Everything has two sides to it. On the advantage, it does help people who are in need of knowing how to control a medical-related situation, it raises awareness of how little people know, medically, but on the disadvantage: this app doesn’t do quite justice when an emergency situation is time-sensitive. Granted that between the time of acknowledging that there is an emergency situation happening, to picking up the phone, looking up the situation in the app, and to the time when you “actually” save the person could be the same as acknowledging the situation picking up the phone, calling 911, and the first-responders arriving at the scene is the same, the situation is dependent. I could also appreciate that having the app at your fingertips, especially when you have down time or are bored, you can easily open the app and educate yourself.

  2. I found your digital essay really interesting and informative. I think that it really great that the information is preloaded so that you do not need internet at all times. It is also really convenient and helpful in an emergency for the hospital locating part of the app. I think that your essay flows really nicely. You also integrate the picture and the video in a good way. Your essay defiantly made me want to get the app, especially if I had small children.

  3. I also think that it is interesting that the app does not have mandatory log in functions like so many other sites. This is cool because it does not overlap with a lot of privacy concerns that many other apps have. This app is a really interesting way that new technology can help make important aspects of life more efficient and resourceful.

  4. I really liked that you chose a health-based social justice app to explore. I had no idea the Red Cross had an app and I try to stay up-to-date with basic first aid knowledge. I’m downloading the app as I type this so I can check it out for myself because it seems like it is very useful. Not sure that you mentioned this point, but the video you linked to states the app is free so there are not cost barriers to getting this information.

    There are a few grammatical or spelling errors in your essay but the mistakes didn’t bother me as much as mistakes normally bother me because the rest of the post’s content is very informative and explained well. Even though there are some writing mistakes, where you placed quotes and citations made a lot of sense for the structure of the essay. You made strong connections between the Red Cross first Aid app information and our reading material from class. You also clearly addressed that you did not believe there would be privacy/surveillance issues. It’s designed by the Red Cross so they do a good job at making the app user-friendly, but I wonder if there are any accessibility concerns that were not addressed. It will be interesting to explore for myself.

  5. My only concern with an app such as this one is, depending on the information, I worry that an individual might consider this a replacement for proper training and in the event of first aid being necessary, it’s possible this person might not be fully qualified for such a situation. If this is the case, the individual could very possibly make the situation even worse. I’m sure the app is great in a pinch, but in many cases, proper first aid training should be a must.

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