Safety App Of The Week

January 6, 2014 No Comments

Below is this week’s “Safety App of the Week“.  Every Monday we publish an article that reviews and rates a new workplace safety app.  Our testing is done on Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3s.  We rate each app from  to ♥♥♥♥♥ (♥♥♥♥♥ is the best).  Prior app of the week articles are archived here.

Twelve First Aid Apps

There are dozens of free (or inexpensive) first aid mobile apps that are available.  We reviewed the descriptions of most of them, and downloaded and tested the first aid apps that we felt looked to be the most promising.  Below is our review of them, from best to worst.

1. First Aid by American Red Cross Official Description

“Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know first aid.


• Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
• Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
• Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
• Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
• Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
• Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.” 

This app is free.    Apple – ♥♥♥♥♥   Android ♥♥♥♥♥

2. “Pocket First Aid & CPR” Official Description


– Updated to reflect The American Heart Association Guidelines on CPR & Emergency Cardiovascular Care
– 34 videos and 46 high-resolution illustrations added
– Added Search functionality
– Reorganized content to make it easier to find help in an emergency
– Adult, Child, and Infant CPR
– Adult, Child, and Infant Choking
– Redesigned user interface for ease of use
– Bug fixes and other enhancements to improve user experience

All content provided by the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Learn more by visiting  Powered by Jive Media, the leading producer of consumer medical applications for mobile devices.  This application is designed for the general public and is not meant to substitute for full CPR and first aid training, nor is it meant to be used by a healthcare provider in a professional setting.”1

This app costs $1.99     Apple – ♥♥♥♥♥   

3. “Web MD – First Aid Information” Official Description

“The NEW WebMD app incorporates personalized, engaging multimedia lifestyle content. WebMD for iPhone offers on-demand, healthy-living information, in addition to physician-reviewed health content and interactive tools. The innovative design marries content and utility informed by more than five years of user insights and feedback.  Whether you’d like to sleep better, reduce stress or eat healthy, now you can open the WebMD app every day for new healthy living tips, fun facts, recipes, and more – programmed daily just for you.   Get access to your favorite WebMD health tools like Symptom Checker and local health listings, in addition to trusted information about medicine and first aid essentials. All in one elegant app. From the most trusted brand in health information.

Key Features:

• Healthy Living – Choose the healthy living interests that matter most to you to customize a daily mini-magazine of tips, fun facts, articles, quizzes, and slideshows.
• WebMD Symptom Checker – Select the part of the body that is troubling you, choose your symptoms, and learn about potential conditions or issues.
• Conditions – Find medically reviewed information about conditions relevant to you and learn more about causes, treatments, and related symptoms.
• Medicine – Search our extensive database for information on drugs, supplements, and vitamins. Read about uses, side effects, and warnings.
• First Aid Essentials – Your handy guide for medical emergencies. From insect stings to broken bones, helpful treatment tips are always available, even without an Internet connection.”1

This app is free.    iPad – ♥♥♥♥  iPhone – (does not work on iPhone)  Android – ♥♥♥♥

4. “St John Ambulance First Aid” Official Description

“Every year, nearly 150,000 people die in England and Wales in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. St John Ambulance is determined that no one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.  This app includes the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergency situations. It is simple to follow with illustrated guides and voiced instructions.  The app doesn’t replace the benefits of learning first aid on a St John Ambulance course, nor is it as in depth as a full first aid manual. But when there is an emergency, it will help you to know what to do to in those few crucial moments when basic knowledge of first aid can make the difference.  Nothing is more tragic than a life lost needlessly. You can be the difference between life and death..”1

This app is free.    Apple – ♥♥♥♥   Android – ♥♥♥♥  

5. “Everyday First Aid HD” Official Description

 “People do not seek emergencies but emergencies find them! And when they do you can be adequately prepared to care for a family member or stranger. Arriving on the scene of a crisis is often time sensitive and stressful. Whether you are at home, on vacation, or in transit, Everyday First Aid HD offers clear, concise, and well-organized information to help you stay ready!  In total, Everyday First Aid HD covers nearly a hundred topics beautifully illustrated. Each topic is broken down into summaries, symptoms, treatment, causes, risk factors, prevention, and additional information.


• Review first aid information anytime-anywhere, no connection to the Internet required!
• Store and access your medical and emergency contact information with the click of a button!
• View hundreds of images to illustrate and inform!
• Review guides for choking, CPR, wound cleaning, and germ prevention!
• Become informed on nearly a hundred topics relating to first aid!
• “E-Mail a Friend” to inform them on topics included in the pocket guide!
• Learn how to build your very own first aid kit!
• Enjoy easy-to-navigate, concise, well-organized and in-depth information on a wide range of topics!”1  

This app costs $.99    Apple – ♥♥♥  

Seven First Aid Apps We Did Not Like

The following first aid apps were reviewed and found to be lacking some important features.  We’d never use any of them – AED Finder,  Medic Books,  Emergency First Aid – Instant Acupressure Self-Help,  Health Guide: FirstAid,  First Aid White Cross,  Advanced Wound Treatment, and First Aid Basics.

¹ Descriptions courtesy of Apple Inc.

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