With all the cool, fun things our mobile devices can do—from looking up movie info, to games, to social networking, to being amazing cameras—we can sometimes forget that these devices can be valuable and necessary tools. This new app, First Aid - American Red Cross, reminds us to use our phones for important, potentially life-saving purposes, as well as for fun.

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There's really no reason everyone shouldn't have this app installed. The app has information on how to deal with a variety of first aid scenarios, including burns, choking, bleeding, head injury, poison, and strokes, among many others. The app has information and guides, as well as quizzes and tests to see how much you've learned. An Emergency tab also has step-by-step instructions on what to do in case of an emergency, with links to call 911 where necessary.

Obviously an app, even one developed by the American Red Cross, is no substitute for professional medical attention. While everyone should download this app, it's best to read and do research before you need this information than to go scrambling to find it when an emergency actually happens. And, as always, if someone is experiencing a medical emergency and you don't know what to do call for help first and reach for this app later.

The app is completely free of charge and free of ads.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • John

    For a clumsy mofo like me, this will most definitely come in handy.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Okay, I'm not saying ARC has to employ a legion of developers, but you'd think they'd try to better optimize this app. If you really want to use it in serious situations, you don't want it lagging like this.

    • http://twitter.com/duncancook duncan cook

      Hey RedPandaAlex, what device are you using? We developed the app so would be interested in hearing what issues you see?

      • RedPandaAlex

        Unlocked galaxy Nexus running stock Android 4.04. Everything is working, but there's a lot of lag and stutter.

        • http://twitter.com/duncancook duncan cook

          Thanks We'll take a look into it.

  • Leo Davidson

    There's a British Red Cross app too:

    The US one was marked not compatible with my phone (Nexus S) while the British one is marked compatible. Dunno if that's really due to the phones or if they're trying to get people to install the app most appropriate to their region (for emergency numbers etc. I guess).

    • mesmorino

      Whatever the reason, I appreciate the difference :). App developers tend to forget that they have a global audience and Google is the biggest culprit. I'm still unable to use Google Voice (for example), despite the fact that it shows up in my gmail inbox as a communication option. I have $0.08 calling credit and I have no idea where I got it, or what to do with it. 

  • AnnGMorrone
    • George W. Bush: War Criminal

       You just made me vomit.

  • Jamison England

    Nothing for STDs :(

    • shonangreg

      Being a geek is your prophylactic ;-)

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Shame it won't install on my Galaxy Tab.  Apparently it doesn't support tablets.

    • John O’Connor

      I just found that out as well. Apparently tablets aren't mobile enough?

      • OldSk00l

         Odd, it installed perfectly fine on my OG Tab.

    • WilliamSurname

       Asus TF300 here, and the app is listed as being incompatible with my tablet as well.

    • http://twitter.com/ScruffyFox Callum Taylor

      Support for tablets will come in the next update!

      • shonangreg

        The British version says it is compatible with my android 3.1 ThinkPad Tablet; the US version says it isn't.

  • http://twitter.com/zealotonastick zealotonastick

    No reason not to have it . . . except that it's 27 megs in size.  For some folks, app size can still be a consideration.

    • http://twitter.com/ScruffyFox Callum Taylor

      It's because it has all the videos bundled in so you can still use it offline in an emergency

  • ElfirBFG

    Awesome. I now have a -reason- to carry around my phone on the floor at work. (= I'm first aid trained and all, but this would be a crucial refresher in the event that some serious ever happened. 

    And the size of this app is not an issue and shouldn't be. mSDs are so cheap these days. 

  • Tchastain26

    O, you are choking! Hold on, let me get out my phone.....

    • http://twitter.com/ScruffyFox Callum Taylor

      There's a learn section for a reason :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley