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Wednesday 31 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C
Mark Stedman/
# prep work
These two apps could really help you in a medical emergency
Hopefully, you will never need to use them but you never know.

NONE OF US would like to think we would get into an accident or be in a situation where we have to help someone quickly.

But it can happen and if it does, it’s a good idea to have yourself prepared in some way. While there are many ways of doing so, some are more useful than others.

One handy app to have on you at all times is First Aid by Irish Red Cross (iOS, and Android). While it helps if you have taken a first aid course, those who haven’t will have enough information here to help them out in an emergency.

As well as instructions, using text, images and video, it will also go through advanced preparation ideas and test you on your knowledge. The fact that it’s free means there’s no excuse not to have it.

First aid First Aid / Google Play First Aid / Google Play / Google Play

If you end up in an accident, having important information like medical data and next of kin contact details handy is very important. This can really help first responders like paramedics, firefighters, and police officers as it can tell them information like blood type and allergies.

That’s the basis for ICE (In Case of Emergency) and it’s easy to set up on your phone.

If you own an iPhone, the Health app allows you to do this. Setting it up will allow anyone to get your details via Medical ID – found by going into the Emergency section on the lock screen.

Some Android phones include a similar feature so check first but if it isn’t there, there are a few apps out there that you can download.

One example is ICE: In Case of Emergency (Android) which creates a permanent notification on the lock screen. Setting it up is straightforward and as as long as you don’t mind it appearing on your notifications, it serves its purpose well.

ICE in case of emergency ICE / Google Play ICE / Google Play / Google Play

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