Tuesday 30 September 2014

New mobile app by Singapore Red Cross to teach first aid

First aid instructions at your fingertips
By Yeo Sam Jo, The Straits Times, 29 Sep 2014

A NEW mobile application introduced by the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) yesterday aims to put first aid skills at people's fingertips.

The free app gives step-by-step instructions on how to administer first aid in 20 different scenarios, including heart attacks, choking and bleeding.

Users can also watch video demonstrations, take quizzes to test their first aid knowledge and sign up for training courses via the app.

SRC chairman Tee Tua Ba said that in a digital age where many are tech-savvy, it makes sense to introduce such an app, which has received 260 downloads so far. He was speaking at Tampines West Community Club, where the SRC commemorated World First Aid Day, which falls on Sept 13.

While the Red Cross in Britain and the United States have similar apps, the "First Aid by Singapore Red Cross" app provides tips according to local first aid protocol, and allows users to toggle between Singapore's four official languages.

Bank officer Zahira Banu, 38, felt the app would come in useful for someone like her who is not trained in first aid.

Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs, who was at the event, said everyone should download and read the app, to make sure they are ready in case of an emergency.

The MP for Tampines GRC said such efforts can lead to a more resilient community.

Together with health brand 3M Nexcare, the SRC also launched a pocket-size booklet with first aid tips. About 5,000 copies will be distributed at SRC outreach events.

However, full-time first aid instructor Lawrence Ng, 64, stressed that the app cannot replace proper training.

"You can pick up some tips from your phone but, at the end of the day, you still need practical experience to know how to do stuff like cardiopulmonary resuscitation safely and effectively," he said.

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