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App brings first aid to your phone


These days, any burn, cut or scrape sends people right to their smartphones.

Many people search for first aid information on the Internet before they do anything else – but did you know there’s now an app for that?

The First Aid app by the American Red Cross is free and gives step-by-step instructions for users. It covers issues like allergies, asthma, bleeding, stings, sprains — and even more serious conditions like stroke, poisonings and heart attack. There are also instructional videos and quizzes to test your knowledge.

The app also provides checklists for handling emergencies like an earthquake, fire, flood or hurricane. You can even connect with local EMS or 911 if needed.

Remember, it’s important to use common sense when dealing with an injury or ailment. Take your health seriously: If you think you need to go to the emergency room, do it.

Click for more from the American Red Cross.