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S.O.S. by American Red Cross Android app could be a life-saver

by Caitlin M. Foyt

You never know when an emergency is going to strike. In case someone starts choking, having a heart attack or drowning—would you know what to do? S.O.S. For your Android phone is kind of like a mobile Red Cross prep course, a way to prepare yourself for many different types of life-threatening crises.

Two different aspects of the app include a resource manual and a database of tutorial and informational videos. The resource guide covers topics such as how to approach or check the vitals on an injured or ill person, the things you should do before you help another person, how to treat an animal bite or insect stings and how to stop bleeding.

The videos (which you have to download after app installation) cover similar topics—videos on stroke, seizure, allergic reactions and CPR, for instance. These videos are also another way to evaluate and learn material. I'm more of a visual learner, so I found these videos to be a little bit more appealing.

The app also a section called ”emergency” that you can tap into during an emergency. The app allows you to tap through yes or no questions like “is the person breathing?” “Is the person conscious?” or “Has the person collapsed?”

In case you're a bit too shaken or frazzled to call 911, S.O.S. has a button you can push to put you in direct contact with EMS. The feature will also display a map so that users can tell the operator their exact location.

S.O.S. Works quite well and I think that most users won't have any difficulty finding their way around.This is a great app to have on hand. It's a good tool to review what you've already learned in Red Cross courses or to educate yourself with the basics on how you protect the people that you love.

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