- iTriage: iTriage was developed by two emergency room physicians and is available, for free, at both the Android Marketplace and iTunes App Store. What I like best about this app is the “find a facility” portion that can direct you to the nearest ER, Urgent Care, Community Health Center and Pharmacy. The facility locator is particularly appealing to me for when we are vacationing or away from home at sporting events. Additional features include symptom checker, physician locater by specialty, medical hotlines such as poison control and suicide hotline, as well as information on medications, medical conditions and procedures.
- Red Cross First Aid App: The American Red Cross has several great apps including alerts for hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, wildfires and a shelter finder available through the iTunes App Store and on Google Play. The first aid app is free and, and lists several of the most common health emergencies as well as tips and videos on what to do should one of these events occur. Also included are preparedness checklists sorted by incident and several self-tests to evaluate your current knowledge.
- American Association of Poison Control Centers: The American Association of Poison Control Centers has a free app in iTunes that has several features above and beyond putting you directly in touch with the nearest call center. You can call or email with a touch of a button. The AAPCC has trained medical professionals answer questions 24/7/365 for humans and pets at no charge. Some of the things that people call about are unintentional ingestions of medication or household products, food poisoning, sunburn, potential rabies infection, drug-food interactions, herbal or homeopathic supplements, adverse medication reaction, human food ingestion by pets, snakebites and substance abuse. This app also has some games and videos that may be interesting to kids. I think this app is especially good for babysitters and grandparents to have in the event of an accidental exposure.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls: Available in iTunes and Android, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, has an app that keeps you informed of the latest product recalls. In iTunes, the list can be viewed in several different categories including child, household, outdoor, sports as well as “all” recalls. It appears that with the Android app, you can search products as well as scan barcodes to see if they have been recalled.
- SafeCar By NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: SafeCar is available in iTunes and offers the following features:
- 5-Star Safety Ratings: Buy safe by looking up a vehicle’s crash test ratings and comparing ratings for different vehicles.
- Recalls and Complaints: Drive safe by staying on top of safety issues for your vehicles. Record all your vehicles so you can be notified by NHTSA if a safety issue becomes known; the app also makes it simple to submit complaints to NHTSA when you believe there is a possible safety problem with your vehicle.
- Help Installing Child Seats: Ensure your most precious passengers ride safe. Quickly find and get driving directions to where you can get assistance on making sure your child seats are properly installed, no matter where you are.
- Safety Headlines and Alerts: Receive important news and information from NHTSA, as well as recall notices on your list of vehicles.
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—Erica Surman, RN, BSN, Pediatric Trauma Program Manager, Beaumont Health System