Wilderness First Aid App
By Wildside Medical Education LLC
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The Wilderness First Aid App is a handy, quick-reference guide with easily accessible wilderness first aid step-by-step guidance. The use of technical terms is limited, providing practical approaches and comprehensive explanations. This system-based, easy-to-follow guide assists the first aid provider to care for most minor and major wilderness emergencies, from cold and heat concerns and blister treatments to high altitude illness and lightning injury prevention—and much more.
Typically the most challenging decision in the wilderness is when to evacuate a person, and each section has detailed decision-making steps to inform you of when to be concerned, and when to get out. Filled with full-color artwork illustrating techniques and procedures and downloadable for access off-line, it is handy for travel into extreme environments. The Wilderness First Aid App is a must-have for every back pocket or backpack.
What's New in Version 1.0.3
- Font size controls
- Beep and vibrate CPR instructions
- Smoother navigation
In addition to standard first aid info you see in other apps, it includes symptoms that dictate when to evacuate, which is important in a wilderness situation. Also has a practical step by step CPR guide that when started, vibrates your phone every time you should be doing a compression. It's started with two taps and you put it in your pocket or whatever and compress for each vibration. The pace of compressions seem to be a challenge for many.
Overall some of the images in the various topics are a little hard to read. Looks like scans from a book and even when enlarged some text is tiny and a little rasterized. However the images are supplemental and the core info is very clear to read in simple, large text.
Correct but brief
The app agrees with the 134 page, 2006 "Wilderness First Aid Field Guide" by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and Boy Scouts of America.... and the related class I just finished. I didn't find any conflicting protocols. But it only contains about a third of the topics and depth of info and no prevention advice as the pocket-sized book ($20 new, $2 used). Many pdf's can be found free online of similar books.
This app supplements, complements the free American Red Cross First Aid and SOAP report taking app.
Given this app will likely be available to the user far more than the book, the app is worth the price given its content (compared to other apps) and ease of use (compared to pdf files).
Very accurate, easy to use resource
First: if you haven't taken a wilderness medicine course, DO NOT use this app, because it assumes you have that knowledge. Otherwise, I HIGHLY recommend this app.
I wanted something that was easy to carry around wherever I went to help if I get stuck with a more obscure case. This app is superb, and has all the topics and information covered in my textbook. I actually believe this app may have been taken verbatim from the textbook.
That being said, there are lots of things in the app that are guidelines, and it does not go into the in-depth reasoning behind treatments, because it is meant as a guide for people who have already completed advanced medical classes.
DO NOT USE THIS APP IF YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN A WILDERNESS MEDICINE COURSE.
- Category: Medical
- Updated: May 18, 2013
- Version: 1.0.3
- Size: 11.7 MB
- Languages: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
- Seller: Wildside Medical Education, LLC
- © Wildside Medical Education LLC
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.