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Save a Life with These CPR Apps
If a friend or family member went into cardiac arrest, would you know what to do? I think I would, having been certified for years in CPR, but in the heat of the moment, you never know. Plus, I haven’t been through training since the guidelines for CPR were updated by the American Heart Association in 2010 to a rate of 100 compressions per minute with a pattern of 30 compressions and two breaths.
The following apps follow these new guidelines and provide a good refresher should you find yourself in need of administering CPR. They all walk you through the process of administering CPR with pictures, voice prompts and/or videos.
Team Life CPR
This app is designed for use on the scene, as you’re performing CPR. When you launch the app, it goes directly into walking you through performing CPR on an adult. It includes 3 minutes of counting for chest compressions and breaths.
Price: $1.99 in iTunes and Android Market
PocketCPR walks you through the steps of performing adult CPR with pictures and voice prompts. In addition, it guides you to hold your iPhone in your hand so it can ensure you're getting the proper depth with your compressions. It has a compression timer and prompts for breaths.You can also take a CPR course through the app as an in-app purchase for $3.99.
Price: free in iTunes
Designed to help those who’ve already taken a CPR class, this app provides a verbal walk through of CPR for adults, children and infants. It also includes instruction for 2-person CPR, choking and rescue breathing.
Price: $3.99 in iTunes
Developed by the doctors and the University of Washington, this app gives brief video overviews of the steps you should take to perform CPR on adults, kids and infants. It doesn’t have the timer built-in for tempo, but it does cover choking.
Price: free in iTunes, Android Market and Windows Phone Marketplace