Todays First Aid Apps and Gadgets

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Introduction to first aid apps and gadgets

Isn’t it wonderful how much technology and todays First Aid Apps and Gadgets have enhanced first-aid response? With developments in intelligent devices and specialised first aid apps, emergency response has become considerably more effective and efficient.

Gone are the days of depending exclusively on a first aid kit and hoping for the best. The use of technology has had a significant influence on saving lives and also provided greater peace of mind in emergencies.

Let’s take a deeper look at how technology has changed the field of first aid response.

Todays First Aid Apps and Gadgets for watches

Let’s begin with smart watches. These little lifesavers are like having your own personal paramedic on your wrist. Heart rate monitoring and fall detection are two features that might warn you of potential health concerns.

They may even summon help or relay your position to first responders in an emergency.

Manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, and Garmin have transformed the wristwatch into a gadget with capabilities to assist you in an emergency.

The Apple Series 6 wristwatch with first-aid app functions exemplifies exceptional technology. Its Fall Detection feature detects serious falls and automatically sends an emergency alert if the user is unresponsive, ensuring prompt delivery of first-aid during an accident.

In Australia, the Apple Watch app directs emergency notifications to the appropriate authorities such as ambulance, fire, or police depending on the situation. Through GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity, the watch transmits location information and an emergency alarm, enabling emergency workers to respond quickly.

Smartphone Apps and gadgets

Smartphones have advanced and, as a result, apps have been developed for first aid and emergencies. With a few clicks and swipes, you can access first-aid applications that can help you through any situation. These apps function as a virtual first aid responder in your phone, ready to help when you need it most.

They can help with anything from CPR instructions to symptom checklists. Not to mention the plethora of online videos and articles that offer valuable insights and recommendations. In a world where accidents are rampant, having access to this technology should make us all feel safer.

Below are some examples of helpful emergency apps.

some examples of helpful emergency apps. Emergency+ App - The Australian government created this app. It provides emergency contact information and GPS coordinates of their present position. enable emergency responders to locate them more quickly. Red Cross First Aid App - This app walks you through providing first aid and CPR. It also contains emergency contact information and a directory of hospitals and defibrillator sites based on location. In Case of Emergency (ICE) - Designed to store important personal and medical information so emergency services can access it.

Emergency+ App – The Australian government created this app. It provides emergency contact information and GPS coordinates of their present position. enable emergency responders to locate them more quickly.

Red Cross First Aid App – This app walks you through providing first aid and CPR. It also contains emergency contact information and a directory of hospitals and defibrillator sites based on location.

In Case of Emergency (ICE) – Designed to store important personal and medical information so emergency services can access it.

One of Todays First Aid Apps and Gadgets that deserves its own section is GoodSAM.

GoodSAM

A free, global smartphone app that notifies a registered responder of a person in cardiac arrest in their vicinity.

GoodSAM is also linked to the Triple Zero (000) communications centre.

This is how GoodSAM works:

  1. A Triple Zero (000) call starts an alarm and notifies a registered GoodSAM Responder.
  2. The responder is informed of the patient’s position and location of the nearest accessible defibrillator (AED).
  3. The nearest available ambulance is dispatched to the patient. In some areas of Victoria, the fire service is also requested.
  4. The GoodSAM Responder can provide CPR and, if available, use a defibrillator until the arrival of emergency services.

This increases the patient’s chances of survival. It’s a great example of todays first aid apps and gadgets.

This is how GoodSAM works: A Triple Zero (000) call starts an alarm and notifies a registered GoodSAM Responder. The responder is informed of the patient's position and location of the nearest accessible defibrillator (AED). The nearest available ambulance is dispatched to the patient. In some areas of Victoria, the fire service is also requested. The GoodSAM Responder can provide CPR and, if available, use a defibrillator until the arrival of emergency services.

Another fantastic gadget is and AED – Automatic External Defibrillator.

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in First Aid

Portable defibrillators became a reality in the 1960s, however, it would be years before such devices were made available to the general public. There were concerns about entrusting untrained people with equipment emitting hundreds of volts of electrical shock to the heart.

An AED, or Automated External Defibrillator, is helpful in emergencies. It can analyse the heart beat of the casualty.

If it detects an abnormal heart rhythm such as:

  • Fibrillation – where the heart is quivering and therefore not pumping any blood around the body
  • Tachycardia – where the heart is beating extremely fast and can lead to fibrillation

If the AED detects one of these it gives the heart a regulated electrical shock to restore its natural beat.

This gadget is simple to operate, even for persons with no medical background.

Place the pads on the chest, turn on the machine, and follow the voice prompts or on-screen instructions. The device will walk you through the procedure, making it simple and manageable.

Having an AED on hand can give peace of mind in emergencies by providing the possibility to save a life.

If you have never used an AED, you should become acquainted with them. It may come in handy. Look for our first-aid training in your area. Attend a training course for a simple lesson that could help you save a life.

The Importance of Oximeters in First Aid

First Aid Apps and Gadgets include Oximeters. In an emergency, these small devices can swiftly detect the oxygen saturation levels in a person’s blood. Critical information for first responders.

With only a fast clip onto a finger, an oximeter provides healthcare professionals with the knowledge to make decisions. Decisions that might mean the difference between life and death .

Consider the ability to detect harmful drops in oxygen levels before they become life-threatening. It’s like having a guardian angel in your pocket, constantly keeping an eye on you and your loved ones. And, as technology advances, oximeters become ever smaller and more user-friendly, making them available to anybody who requires them.

Conclusion

The use of technology in modern first aid has genuinely changed the discipline, significantly influencing emergency response and patient outcomes.

Smart devices and specialised emergency response applications have made it simpler to deliver the appropriate aid. This could be phoning for assistance or locating the nearest AED.

Medical practitioners are now better able to diagnose and treat patients in real-time. Thanks to the introduction of modern medical equipment, they can give them the correct treatment at the right moment.

This means that where access to medical treatment may be restricted, response times and survival rates have improved significantly. Isolated or rural locations for example.

Todays First Aid Apps and Gadgets that incorporate the latest technology in first aid have been game changers, providing patients with better, more effective care while saving many lives.

What will tomorrow bring?

Until next time this is trainer Nick. Be safe.

AEDs. What Are They? And How To Use Them

AEDs: What are they?

Automatic External Defibrillator

AEDs. And how to use them. Here’s the shocking truth! An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is a life-saving device that can treat abnormal heart rhythms due to Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a condition where the heart unexpectedly stops pumping.

According to NSW Health –

“Over 33,000 people experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Australia every year. Less than 9% will survive. The first 5 minutes after a person has a cardiac arrest are the most critical. For every minute that passes, the chance of survival decreases. Defibrillators can be used for certain cardiac arrhythmias which occur in around 20-30 per cent of all cardiac arrests. Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation within the first 8-10 minutes can increase the chance of survival by up to 75 per cent.”

It’s important to know what defibrillators, or AEDs, are, how to find them, and how to use them.

What do they do?

Defibrillation is the essential process of restoring the heart’s normal rhythm and is most effective within the first five minutes of a Sudden Cardiac Arrest. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can analyse the heart’s rhythm and identify any abnormality or ventricular fibrillation. The AED then determines whether a shock is necessary and delivers it if needed.

An AED will not restart a heart once it has completely stopped. As shown above, a defib will detect irregular heart rhythms and hopefully, shock them back to normal rhythms.

It is not designed to shock a heart back to life if it has stopped. Nor will it deliver a shock to a heart when it detects a normal heart rhythm.

That answers the question, “AEDs what are they”?

For – How to use them? Read on..

How to use.

Defibrillators are easy to use and provide voice prompts to guide users step-by-step. It’s best to start CPR while someone else retrieves the defibrillator.

They are designed for everyone to use and provide easy-to-follow voice prompts for guidance. While training beforehand is helpful, anyone can use a Defibrillator in an emergency.

However, completing First Aid training and refreshers can save precious time and increase confidence.

Early CPR increases the chance of keeping the heart in a shockable rhythm, improving the chances of survival.

All AEDs basically operate using the following steps:

  1. Open the AED and turn it on. Some of them will start automatically upon opening.
  2. Follow the verbal prompts – it will repeat the prompt until the required action is carried out.
  3. Apply the pads – so the AED can analyse the casualty’s heart rhythm and deliver a shock if required.
  4. Deliver a shock if a shock is advised – Some deliver a shock automatically.
  5. Start CPR if instructed.
  6. Keep going with CPR. Wait for further instructions.

Remember to listen to, and follow, the instructions from the AED. Advise any bystanders to “Stand Clear”! when instructed to by the AED.

Simple!

Where can I find one?

So, you have a good idea of how to operate a Defib… Now, you are probably thinking, “where can I get a defib if I am out and about”?

Well, you will often find one in your nearest:

  • Hospital, Medical Centre
  • School
  • Community Centre
  • Sporting clubs, shopping Centre,
  • Some fast-food chains

and even

  • Bunnings!

There is also an AED locator App. you can download.

Don’t leave a casualty to get the defib always start CPR and send someone else to get the defib.  

If you are by yourself and need an AED.. you have a problem. If there is one located within about 20 seconds from where you are, you can go and get it and put it on before you start CPR. Any further away than that and you need to start CPR without the Defib.

Can the defibrillator send a shock to someone who does not need it?

No, an AED only delivers a shock if it detects an abnormal heart rhythm. It will not shock a person with a normal heart rhythm or if their heart has stopped.

If the AED detects a normal rhythm or no rhythm at all, it will indicate that no shock is needed.

Can defibrillators be used on pregnant women?

Yes, a pregnant woman should be treated the same as any other person who is not responding or breathing. There are no contraindications to using an AED during pregnancy.

Can I use the defibrillator on a child?

Yes, from the age of 1yr old, we can apply a defib.

An AED will generally come with adult and child pads. Both sets of pads will have a diagram on them showing where to place them on the casualty. Child pads are smaller than adult pads for use with a child’s smaller chest.  

If the available AED only has adult pads, you can still use them on a child up to eight years old. Just place one pad in the centre of the child’s chest and the other pad on their back between their shoulder blades.

After 8 years old we can treat a child the same as an adult and apply the pads according to the pad diagram. Make sure the pads do not touch or are close to each other.

Conclusion

  • An Automatic External Defibrillator, also known as – Defib, AED, or Defibrillator – is an electronic device which assists with the resuscitation of an unconscious, not breathing casualty.
  • The quicker you can apply an AED the more likely you can increase the chance of survival.
  • AEDs can be located in public areas, shopping centres, sporting arenas and some businesses.
  • They are simple to use.

Well, that’s that. Until next time….. Stay safe