Seem to forget the steps to treat choking and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation when it was needed the most? Now these steps will be at your fingertips. Apple iPod Touch phone and Google phone are believed to include free downloadable cell phone video applications that may offer information regarding cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and choking aid.
These phones were created by the Emergency Medical Services Division of Public Health – Seattle & King County, Washington along with other partners from the University of Washington, the Medic One Foundation, the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, the Seattle Fire Department, and the Laerdal Foundation for Acute Medicine.
These one-minute videos seemingly adapted from those developed by Emergency Medical Services may offer latest recommendations given by international resuscitation organizations. They are believed to have also provided English subtitles below the videos.
“If people know CPR and choke aid procedures, they use them in an emergency. We developed a phone application to tap into a younger, more tech-savvy audience with tools that could literally save a life,” says Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, Medical Director for King County Emergency Medical Services. “We continue to urge everyone to receive formal instruction in CPR and how to assist a choking victim. These video applications are an important way to learn, review and refresh these critical skills.”
King County is said to have the highest survival rate in CPR cases. Almost forty percent of heart attack patients in King County are believed to have survived in the last three years. As against this, the survival rates from cardiac arrest cases in other places was stated to be only 1 to 5 percent. The credit for this success may partly be given to the local community members who are believed to have gained knowledge and training in CPR.
Since the apparent launch of the phone applications in mid-May, they are believed to have been downloaded by about 5,000 users across 80 countries.