S.O.S. by the American Red Cross  S.O.S. by the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, Sharecare, and Dr. Oz have teamed up to create the “S.O.S. by the American Red Cross” app, available for free exclusively on Android devices. S.O.S. puts emergency life-saving techniques at your fingertips, with a step-by-step “victim assessment” that will identify the distress and walk you through techniques on how to alleviate 50 of the most common emergency conditions. These protocol walk-throughs feature 3-D animations and detailed instructions on the proper response techniques. Additionally, 30 of these protocols are demonstrated by Dr. Oz himself in clear, easy-to-follow videos. Other tools include audio and visual counters for CPR compressions and 911 dialing with in-call location mapping. Hopefully you’ll never have to use S.O.S., but in the case of an emergency, it’s always best to be prepared. Hit the break to grab the free download from the Android Market.

Source: The American Red Cross

There are 22 comments

cdsfire says:

Signs a person is not breathing. The person is not breathing.

Glerp says:

You mean the person is not breathing, if they are not breathing? Glad I had an app to tell me that.

first thing that caught my eye too haha

valorian says:

LOL... I spotted that too. :-)

hopefulfarm says:

First thing I saw too. Lol, SO glad there's an app to clear that for me, as I was confused....

ScottJ says:

"Signs a person is not breathing. The person is not breathing."

It sounds like an iPhone ad "...if you don't have an iPhone, you don't have an iPhone..."

This would be my definition of Good Bloatware

reddragon72 says:

Yea right up till someone saves your life with the apps help right.

Man people will put down anything now adays, and I for one have loaded it.

rlbrooks says:

Uhhh, they said "good" bloatware, as in, it should be preloaded on all phones.

it's useful, but obviously it's important to call 911 first if there's a real emergency. Not waste precious time fiddling around w/an app before calling.

RkyMtnHigh says:

lol...I guess that's the first thing everybody (including me) saw...

Dark_Blu says:

If I wanted to be a field medic, I'd have gotten training for that. Thanks, but I'll pass and dial 911 if someone needs emergency medical services.

ScottColbert says:

And what are you going to do while help is on the way? Think about it...

tgaskill says:

A properly trained emergency medical dispatcher should be able to walk you through life-saving measures while help is on the way. We can even walk the average Joe through childbirth over the phone, if necessary. In an emergency, always call 911 first.

Treknologist says:

In reply to Dark_Blu: Great attitude. I hope you never find yourself choking on something or needing emergency assistance because one can only hope there will be someone available who has some idea of how to help and is willing to do so. Otherwise, if you are surrounded by people with your attitude, you'll be dead by the time 911 gets EMS to assist you.

RichardClark says:

Nice app. Everyone should have this. By default, it is set to run automatically whenever you call 911. So it will be ready for you even if you forget about it. Nice.

ccw1134 says:

I think it's a great idea. Don't like it, don't install it. As far as the question is the person breathing goes, it's narrowing things down in a flowchart type form. You have to start somewhere.

cadzilla74 says:

Ahhh, the cynicism runs deep around here .... As for me, between this app, WebMD app and the US Army Survival Guide app I'm thinking of opening a small medical practice out in the country ....

tgaskill says:

Just be sure to get your doctorate from University of Phoenix online. ;)

cadzilla74 says:

LOL - well played ....

Fobok says:

Assuming this is on the Canadian market as well, I'll definitely be getting this as soon as I get my new phone.

this is a great app. I for one work on a small vessel in salt water. sometimes there is no signal and a medical emergency out in the gulf of mexico is serious....