Can a mobile app help to save a life?
It's a well-known fact that health-related applications for smartphones and tablets are a booming business in the technology world but in the UK, first aid apps could actually be a lifesaver for millions, a new British Red Cross survey has found.
According to the latest research by the charity in ten of the biggest cities across the UK, almost three quarters of British people said they would be more likely to help someone in the event of an emergency if they have a first aid app on their mobile device or smartphone.
Figures from the British Red Cross/One Poll public survey show that 72 per cent of people in the UK's major cities would find a first aid app handy, while a similar number would be willing to step forward and help someone in need.
Joe Mulligan, head of British Red Cross first aid education said: "We already know that mobile devices are an integral part of modern life, but our latest study confirms just how essential first aid apps can be during critical emergency situations.
"We are witnessing the game-changing effects that mobile technology has on our society and it's crucial that people are equipped with life-saving information that may be of use at any given time. The British Red Cross has in the past three years created two apps – the First Aid app and the Baby and Child app – which both offer advice on what to do in emergency situations and equip users with simple and easy to learn first aid skills."
The charity is today (13 September 2014) encouraging the public to download its free First Aid apps and learn life saving skills as it marks World First Aid Day.
The British Red Cross First Aid and Baby and Child apps are cross platform applications featuring videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice - allowing users to save lives at a swipe of their touchscreens. Both are free to download on Apple's iTunes store and the Google Play marketplace.
Mulligan explained: "The positive thing this research shows us is that there is great willingness to learn first aid and to step in and help others in the event of an emergency. In situations where first aid could help save a life we don't have to feel helpless, because learning life saving skills is so simple."
Meanwhile, the British Red Cross can announce that its popular First Aid app has now scaled 3.7 million downloads across the world and has been adopted in 29 countries including the U.S, Syria, China and Iceland. This comes as the charity marks World first Aid Day (13 September 2014).