Would you know what to do in the case of an emergency?
How well would you cope with the stressful situation?
Many of us don't know how we would react, most of our actions would be instinct. Our CAREGivers are given full training before caring for our clients, including dementia training, to ensure they are prepared should a situation arise.
This said, there will be situations where the average person doesn't know what to do. New technology could now make this a thing of the past.
The British Red Cross has launched a voice-activated app which explains how to deal with medical emergencies such as seizures or burns.
Those who are confronted with a situation, but aren’t sure what to do, the app will talk through the steps to take to the help and care for the patient.
Simply say ‘Alexa, first aid,’ and then explain the issue. A female voice then calmly talks them through the actions required, ideal for those who may lack in confidence.
It is being made available to users of Amazon Echo, which is voice activated and connects to the Internet.
The new software will hopefully save lives by encouraging prompt action when a friend or family member takes a turn for the worse. Minutes really do matter in an emergency, which is why this app allows time to be utilised rather than simply waiting for an ambulance.
For example, someone having a seizure should not be restrained but their head should be protected by a blanket or something similar.
To avoid overwhelming the listener with too much information, the advice is delivered with pauses so that the most important steps can be taken first.
Currently, advice is offered on 18 emergencies that you could be faced with at home. This includes burns, heavy bleeding, asthma attacks, broken bones and seizures.
The British Red Cross previously conducted research that found only about 50% of people attempt any first aid when awaiting an ambulance. Also, they found that more than half pre-hospital deaths from an injury could be prevent if skills of first aid were better.
Being free, simple and easy to understand, the app would be a great way to educate people on first aid, even before a crisis occurs.
At Home Instead, all our CAREGivers are trained in first aid to ensure maximum safety for our clients.
From our Abergele office, we are really proud to be able to provide personal care and home help for Seniors, as well as rewarding careers for their CAREGivers, all across North Wales. This includes Abergele, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Denbigh, Holywell, Llandudno, Ruthin, Prestatyn, Llanrwst and everywhere in between!
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