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First aid phone app a life saver

The new app could save lives.
The new app could save lives. Tanya Easterby

GYMPIE first aid professional Cindy Hartwig has given the thumbs up to a new mobile phone app containing details on how to give first aid.

The free app, recently released in Australia by the Red Cross in the lead up to World First Aid Day tomorrow, is designed to make learning First Aid on the go an easy option for Smartphone users.

Ms Hartwig, who owns Hartbeat Training and Consultancy, said if the app was user-friendly it would provide be a great way to equip people with some knowledge of how to deal with a medical emergency.

"I think it's great if anything is going to encourage some one to their first aid or supports them when they need it," Ms Hartwig said.

She said it was still a good idea for people to have first aid training and keep their qualifications up if possible, but none the less the new app would better than no help at all.

"People don't always carry around their first aid book, but the do with their phones."

With more than 2 million downloads from the US and UK to date, the comprehensive app is a tried and tested resource which guides users through the correct response for many incidents including heart attacks, strokes, diabetic episodes along with the more common burns, sprains and strains.

Localised for the Australian market, the app can be used anywhere, anytime and has been designed as a tool to support skills acquired through First Aid training from Red Cross College.

National First Aid Advisor for Red Cross Dan Coad said the initial feedback from students who had been downloading the app was "fantastic".

"The biggest relief for people once trained is that they no longer feel helpless," he said.

"This app makes it easy for people to keep their First Aid skills fresh and it's so simple and easy to use, my kids have even had a go."

This new Smartphone app, available through Google Play or the App stores, features vital life saving information, videos and quizzes to test first aid knowledge on correct treatments for children and adults.

Learning the skills to save a life through first aid training is one thing, but remembering what to do when under pressure is where this First Aid app can help most.

To download the app or find out more about first aid training visit redcross.org.au/first-aid-app.aspx.

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