Macworld Review of ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach!

September 4, 2009

On July 14th Macworld released it’s review of ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach for iPhone and iPod Touch, giving it a 4.5 out of 5 mice! Making it as the highest-rated first aid app for iPhone according to Macworld!

Here are some links to check out to learn more:

Macworld’s review of ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach

Macworld’s comparison of ResQr to other first aid apps

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ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach review by The App Podcast

September 4, 2009

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Only $5.99 in the iTunes App Store!

First look at CPR Hero – Our upcoming CPR iPhone app!

September 2, 2009

CPR Hero will be a free app offered by ResQr software in the iTunes App Store soon. This app gives you certified audible directions on administering adult CPR with visual pacing cues!

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Questions from ResQr buyer & Answers from Think Safe President/CEO

August 31, 2009

On August 20th we got a great email from Travis with some very thoughtful questions on our Seizure Disorder Coach.

Seizure Disorder Coach menu

Seizure Disorder Coach menu

Travis’ questions were:

  • What types of seizures?
  • How long does the program say to wait for the person to “recover” before calling emergency rescue?
  • How far does the program go in instructing people to handle epileptics during/after seizures and at what point does it say to call the hospital into the picture?

President/CEO of Think Safe took the time to write Travis this message back:

Great questions….I hope that the following can provide the details you need.  If not, hit us back!
The application is designed for the average layperson providing standard expected first aid care.  That limits us to providing coaching within the app that is in line with the expectations of the national first aid science standards / AHA /ARC standards for response to a medical condition such as yours.
These organizations call for 911 response if the victim is pregnant, diabetic (and having seizures), experiences multiple seizures or a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes – OR if the seizure has no known cause.
It further states that if you are confused and disoriented to not allow the person to resume “activity”.  (thus, they would not call 911 but they would monitor you)
It then goes into keeping you calm and monitoring.  If you go unconscious it will tell them to provide CPR and if your airway becomes obstructed it will go through Breathing / Choking procedures including clearing airway and recovery position.
The protocols then state to cover with blanket if signs of shock are present (and we tell them the signs of shock).
And then it goes into calling 911 if there are signs of shock.
So, it will tell them to call 911 /advanced care for shock and for the reasons outlined in paragraph 2 of this detail.
Does that help?
I strongly recommend our ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach as a full solution; while it is $5.99 – it will give you an additional $4 worth of ANY medical emergency…and also cover seizure emergencies just like the above application would as well!  But, on a limited budget – at least the $1.99 Seizure coach gives you another tool for a loved/or friend to just use as a confidence builder”.  Make sure they use it once or see it before they have to in an emergency though; while I am sure they would be just fine…at least you can cover your expectations and concerns up front and share with them some of the specifics of your condition and what they can expect.
It is hard to design these apps for specific conditions – I had a father that was severely epileptic and died during GM; he died while home alone.  So, this is close to my heart.  The goal is to give you tools to share with others and to use on others – if you are not alone and can provide assistance to prevent death or disability!
All my best,

Great questions….I hope that the following can provide the details you need. If not, hit us back!

The application is designed for the average layperson providing standard expected first aid care. That limits us to providing coaching within the app that is in line with the expectations of the national first aid science standards / AHA /ARC standards for response to a medical condition such as yours.

These organizations call for 911 response if the victim is pregnant, diabetic (and having seizures), experiences multiple seizures or a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes – OR if the seizure has no known cause.

It further states that if you are confused and disoriented to not allow the person to resume “activity”.  (thus, they would not call 911 but they would monitor you)

It then goes into keeping you calm and monitoring. If you go unconscious it will tell them to provide CPR and if your airway becomes obstructed it will go through Breathing / Choking procedures including clearing airway and recovery position.

The protocols then state to cover with blanket if signs of shock are present (and we tell them the signs of shock).

And then it goes into calling 911 if there are signs of shock.

So, it will tell them to call 911 /advanced care for shock and for the reasons outlined in paragraph 2 of this detail.

Does that help?

I strongly recommend our ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach as a full solution; while it is $5.99 – it will give you an additional $4 worth of ANY medical emergency…and also cover seizure emergencies just like the above application would as well! But, on a limited budget – at least the $1.99 Seizure coach gives you another tool for a loved/or friend to just use as a confidence builder”. Make sure they use it once or see it before they have to in an emergency though; while I am sure they would be just fine…at least you can cover your expectations and concerns up front and share with them some of the specifics of your condition and what they can expect.

It is hard to design these apps for specific conditions – I had a father that was severely epileptic and died during GM; he died while home alone. So, this is close to my heart. The goal is to give you tools to share with others and to use on others – if you are not alone and can provide assistance to prevent death or disability!

The ResQr family is not meant to be reference guides, but rather tools that assist in a real-time event. If any of you ever have questions on the way ResQr delivers step-by-step instructions on how best deliver emergency first aid, please contact us today.


10 ways your camera phone can be used in an emergency

August 31, 2009

Nearly all cell phones have a camera built into them now. A key part of an emergency situation is communication and documentation. Obviously any camera can help document a situation, but with a camera phone you can significantly speed up the communication process by immediately sending those pictures to the people that need to see them.

  1. Injury photos to the doctor.
  2. Damage documentation for insurance.
  3. “Here’s the landmark I’m near.”
  4. Record medicines or food brand needs.
  5. Remember parking spot locations.
  6. Document your cleanup efforts.
  7. Document your repair or cleanup expenditures.
  8. Crime scene evidence.
  9. Photo reaction plan for the reading disabled.
  10. Report suspicious activity.

If you have an iPhone you can also be prepared for nearly any first aid emergency by having ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach installed on your phone. Much more than a first aid and CPR guide, the ResQr software family is first aid and CPR apps for mobile and computer platforms that coach, and support you through an emergency first aid event in real time, as it happens. Check out the entire family at the ResQr site!

You can find a list of 50 uses for your camera phone in Disaster Prep 101 by Paul Purcell.


The Government’s Requirements on First Aid Preparedness

July 31, 2009

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Be it running a company or working for one, you need to know what is recommended for first aid treatment and preparedness protocols. There are groups like Raise Your Hand trying to spread awareness, and of course the United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration (commonly known as OSHA) does its part to spread the word too.

Here’s how OSHA puts it:

It is a requirement of OSHA that employees be given a safe and healthy workplace that is reasonably free of occupational hazards. However, it is unrealistic to expect accidents not to happen. Therefore, employers are required to provide medical and first aid personnel and supplies commensurate with the hazards of the workplace. The details of a workplace medical and first aid program are dependent on the circumstances of each workplace and employer.

OSHA even provides general information that may be of assistance here.

Here at Think Safe we spend a lot of time and energy into making sure our products not only meet OSHA’s standards, but exceed them as well. Be it the First Aid Cube, our Online Training, top-rated ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach, or the American Lifeguard Association-endorsed Emergency Instruction Device, the First Voice line of products are setting new standards in emergency first aid preparedness for the home or business.

Minimum’s mentality will never do when it comes to saving a life. Why risk everything by not taking the appropriate actions to ensure the safety of your loved ones and employees? If you need more encouragement, just remember that Uncle Sam says so too.


MACWORLD PUBLICATION CALLS EMERGENCY FIRST AID APPLICATION ONE OF THE BEST

July 22, 2009

MACWORLD PUBLICATION CALLS EMERGENCY FIRST AID APPLICATION ONE OF THE BEST
iPhone Users ‘Encouraged’ to Consider Think Safe ResQr First Aid Application

HIAWATHA, IOWA, July 22, 2009 — Think Safe’s ResQr First Aid & CPR Coach application was recently reviewed by Macworld and awarded a 4.5 out of 5, ranking it as the top-rated first aid app according to Macworld. The publication cited, “This is a great way to walk people through performing unfamiliar tasks in stressful situations.”

Author of the Macworld review, and certified in American Red Cross CPR and lifeguarding, Lisa Schmeiser, wrote, “iPhone [or iPod Touch] apps provide a handy way to refresh a memory that’s gone blank in the face of an emergency or to provide first-aid knowledge you never thought you’d need… [ResQr’s an app that] Red Cross card-carriers and rookies alike can appreciate.”

President of Think Safe Inc, Paula Wickham, stated, “We are proud to be a considered a top app of the reviewed. ResQr was designed to encourage parents or others providing care to be prepared to manage through a stressful medical emergency event or give quick interactive training – not be another reference guide. We are looking forward to incorporating images and video next.”

ResQr is a family of First Aid and CPR apps for mobile and computer platforms that coach, and support you through an emergency first aid event in real time, as it happens.  Compliant with the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, ECC and National First Aid Science Standards, ResQr apps bring peace of mind knowing that you have clear, concise instructions walking you through the first aid emergency step-by-step.

About Macworld
Macworld is the premier source for news, reviews, help and how-to, videos, and podcasts for the Apple market, including the Mac, Mac software, Mac OS X, the iPod and iTunes, and the iPhone. Along with reviews of Mac-compatible hardware such as printers, digital cameras, and displays, Macworld reviews iPod cases, headphones, speakers, and accessories, and iPhone-related products. (Macworld.com)

About Think Safe Inc
Think Safe is committed to setting new standards for comprehensive emergency readiness and response. Manufacturing products and software for complete injury management and providing services that improve access to first aid and CPR training, Think Safe products and services are a good fit for corporate and industrial environments, parks and recreational facilities, schools, convention and sport centers, remote or high-risk locations, as well as parents and caregivers. Think Safe offers its patent pending First Voice™ Emergency Instruction Device and consumer first aid kits as well as useful emergency software for computers and mobile devices (ResQr). For details about Think Safe and its products, call Jen Mittan at 319-377-5125 or visit www.think-safe.com.

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