The Irish Red Cross First Aid App was named as winner of the Mobile App category at the 2013 eircom Spider Awards in the Convention Centre last night. The awards, the longest standing and most prestigious digital awards in Ireland, reward Irish businesses and community organisations for digital excellence.
Since its launch two months ago, the app has been downloaded more than 13,500 times and was also short listed for a Mobile Marketing Award. Optimised for both Smartphones and Tablets the app is free to download from the Apple App Store and from Google Play. Once downloaded, no internet connection is needed, making it quick and simple to access emergency first aid tips as you need them.
The aim of the app is to bridge the gap between people who have first aid training and people who don’t. Giving them the confidence to take action and help others during a crisis. Irish Red Cross, Head of Communications, Ronan Ryan, said: “The Red Cross believe that everybody can learn basic first aid – and the App aims to get that message out there and make first aid more accessible to the general public”.
It features easy to follow tips for more than 20 common first aid scenarios including how to treat burns, breaks, strains and sprains and what to do if an infant is choking. It also features advice on how to prepare for emergency situations including floods, fires and water safety.
Red Cross studies show that most accidents requiring first aid, such as falls, cuts, burns and suffocation, happen in places where people feel secure – especially the home. Having the First Aid App on their Smart phone or Tablet means people can instantly access the information they need to react correctly.
For further information contact: Rebecca Dunne 01 642 4628 / On-call mobile: 087 743 3275