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The First Aid App May Save Your Life
First, let’s be real. The most important aspect to a first aid app is literally the first aid. Everything else should be secondary. Yet…
First, let’s be real. The most important aspect to a first aid app is literally the first aid. Everything else should be secondary. Yet while I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the first aid recommendations, I can speak towards the design of this clean and simple app. So let’s assume the American Red Cross knows what its talking about and look closer at this well-implemented and critical app.
The American Red Cross operates many apps, and they all share a similar design framework that is easy to navigate and pleasing to look at. They have vibrant red borders along the top with clear headers and a vast number of simplistic flat icons. The Red Cross did an outstanding job on its icons here that convey their represented symptom or emergency clearly.
All content in the app is stored locally, which is very helpful for emergencies that don’t always happen in a location with great cell coverage. If you do have coverage, you have the ability to call 9-1-1 from the app at any time.
The First Aid app also has helpful animations and videos which make learning first aid steps much easier than some static list of bullets. If you want to be proactive, Red Cross has interactive quizzes that earn you badges upon completion — and yes, they are fully integrated into the iOS Share Sheet to share with friends. Who doesn’t like to boast about their first aid knowledge after all?
American Red Cross has clearly invested into the digital age of mobile apps and have done an amazing job with their offerings. All of their apps, aside from First Aid, look clean and are even universal so they work on iPad as well as iPhone without issue. Oh, they’re also free, as they should be, so get downloading.
But enough about other people's apps.