First aid is a basic skill that many people know. It can help save a life, assist someone in need, and even give you confidence in tense situations. However, you do have to learn the skills first. We would not recommend any first aid apps over an in-person course with certifications. However, there are apps and tutorials out there with the basics. Even the basics can be helpful. Here are the best first aid apps for Android!
- American Red Cross First Aid
- New Zealand Red Cross First Aid
- Offline Survival Manual
- St John Ambulance First Aid
American Red Cross first aid apps
The American Red Cross has several first aid apps. They range from the basics on down to a first aid app for pets. The information includes basically everything from allergic reactions to burns, bleeding, heat stroke, asphyxiation, and other potential emergencies. It even has a shortcut to call 9-1-1 if the app doesn’t have the answers you need. Most of their apps support English and Spanish at minimum. Other countries and dialects likely have similar apps by medical authorities. We recommend them first because they’ll should have the latest first aid procedures.
New Zealand Red Cross First Aid
New Zealand Red Cross First Aid is a lot like the American Red Cross version of the app and you can use either one. This one has step-by-step instructions for many emergency situations, including CPR, what to do about burn injuries, and various other medical emergencies like heart attacks, open wounds, and others. The app is super simple to use and the UI shouldn’t confuse anybody. That’s good for an app you may need to reference under pressure. This is also up to date enough information to earn a first aid certificate in New Zealand.
Offline Survival Manual
Offline Survival Manual is one of the interesting first aid apps. It doesn’t necessarily specialize in first aid. The app focuses mostly on surviving out in the wilderness. It has guides on building fires, plant identification, water filtration, food, planning, and other stuff. Part of that includes basic first aid for injuries or illnesses you may encounter in the outdoors. It’s best for survival training. However, this isn’t terrible to have even on your basic hiking or camping trip, either. Plus, as the name implies, it works offline. It’s also totally free.
St John Ambulance First Aid
St John Ambulance First Aid is another one of many free first aid apps. It has relatively up-to-date procedures for dozens of emergencies, including drowning, poisoning, choking, and other common ailments. It’s not as in-depth as a course or a manual. That said, it should give you an idea of how stuff works and it’s a decent resource for basic stuff like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver. It also includes emergency service numbers in the UK and Europe. The app follows UK protocols for first aid.
Price: Free / $12.99 per month
As usual, YouTube is an excellent place to brush up on a topic. There are plenty of channels and videos about first aid, what to do in various emergencies, and some other stuff. It’s a little harder to verify than something like the Red Cross or similar apps. However, much of it is good stuff. The videos are a tad hard to find on occasion. On the plus side, watching someone perform these actions is a little better than reading about it in many cases. Plus, YouTube is free (with ads). There is always a YouTube Premium subscription for those who don’t want to view ads, let videos play in the background, or want to download videos for future play.
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