Written by Ben Parr
However, the same cannot be said for the seven apps highlighted in this article. These apps do everything from check your vitals to getting you important first aid information during an emergency. Anything can happen, so it’s always best to be prepared. iPhones are particularly suited for this task, especially if you install some of these apps:
1. Airstrip OB
AirStrip OB is an iPhone app developed specifically for doctors in obstetrics, or doctors dealing with pregnancy and childbirth. It sends detailed information on a patient’s vitals so that they know the condition of their patient on the go. Push notifications means that doctors can get alerts if an event such as a cardiac arrest occurs.
2. CPR & Choking
While Airstrip OB may only be useful for doctors, CPR & Choking is useful to everyone. This free app, built as a public service by the University of Washington and King County EMS, houses an array of video demonstrations that help you know what to do if someone you know is undergoing a medical emergency or cardiac episode.
3. Close Call
Very simple. Very effective. Close Call is a free app takes your iPhone wallpaper and layers it with emergency contact information in case the worst happens.
4. Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide
Similar to CPR & Choking, this app informs you of procedures for saving a person’s life, but this $3.99 application is definitely more extensive. It not only has videos to teach you how to provide first aid, but Pocket First Aid lets you create detailed medical profiles and contains up-to-date information from the American Heart Association.
5. iBP Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can kill you, plain and simple. Record a history of your blood pressure history with this $0.99 app. If you’re a diabetes sufferer, also check out Diabetes Log.
6. Emergency Radio
An earthquake takes out the power. You get stuck in traffic afer hearing an explosion. Your building is evacuated and you don’t know why. We can think of a million reasons to have an emergency radio handy. For $0.99, you can have the emergency frequencies of almost all the major police and emergency departments in the U.S., as well as air traffic control.
7. Pet First Aid
People aren’t the only lives that matter. This sister app to Pocket First Aid could save your best friend with its guides, first aid videos, and vaccine tracking.