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CPR How-to Included in Red Cross First Aid App

First Aid App
The Red Cross First Aid App is a great resource for CPR/AED Awareness Week

The American Red Cross aims to share potentially lifesaving information on how to perform CPR and use an automated external defibrillator (AED) during National CPR and AED Awareness Week.

One resource provided by the Red Cross is a First Aid App, which covers a variety of first aid needs and situations – including instant, free information on how to perform CPR and how to treat someone who is having a heart attack.

The app is a potentially lifesaving resource in an emergency situation. If someone is unconscious, an app user can navigate to the Emergency tab and select Unconscious. If it is determined the unconscious victim is not breathing, the app guides the user through CPR.

Tools like a 9-1-1 call button and instructional videos are featured in the app. For those certified in CPR, a link is included for detailed CPR steps to help refresh the information covered in training.

Overall, the First Aid App includes critical information for emergency situations. Features include:

  • Simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.
  • Full integration with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
  • Preloaded content for instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
  • Interactive quizzes to earn badges that can be shared with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.
  • Performing CPR on someone or using an AED can be an intimidating situation, so the app also provides answers to common questions like, “Aren’t I supposed to do mouth to mouth / rescue breaths?” and “Can I use a defibrillator?” (The answers are, in part, “If you feel able to…” and “Yes…”)

    National CPR and AED Awareness Week is the perfect time to make sure you’re prepared with CPR and AED information. Consider:

  • Downloading the Red Cross First Aid App.
  • Reviewing the Unconscious / Not Breathing section to familiarize yourself with the content.
  • Letting your friends and family know about the app.
  • Learning about other CPR/AED-related tips, including signing up for a training.
  • Download the app directly from the iTunes, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace app stores.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.