May is American Stroke Month. To raise awareness about the prevalence of stroke and help reduce its potentially devastating effects, the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association and Ad Council have just released a new mobile app that empowers bystanders to recognize the warning signs and respond to stroke F.A.S.T.
Because stroke isn’t the only health problem that could possibly befall you or your loved ones (harsh truth), I decided to look up other lifesavers in the mobile technology realm JIC (just in case). My research yielded the following roundup, and now my phone is packed with all the info I need to assess my melanoma risk, perform CPR, avert salmonella and find my family in case of emergency. Download these in good health.
1. SPOT A STROKE F.A.S.T.
American Heart Association
When it comes to stroke, time is critical. The quicker a stroke victim gets to a hospital, the quicker he or she can receive treatment to reduce risk of death or disability. This app helps bystanders spot the warning signs and get help F.A.S.T.
2. FIRST AID
American Red Cross
The Red Cross knows what to do in almost every kind of emergency, and now you can too. This app offers simple step-by-step instructions, videos and animations that take you through almost any first aid situation you can imagine. Preloaded content allows you to have the info at the ready whether you have cell reception or not. Interactive quizzes help you learn and remember lifesaving tips even without your phone.
3. SMART – ICE (IN CASE OF EMERGENCY)
EMS Options LLC
This app provides paramedics and emergency personnel access to your emergency contacts and medical conditions (such as allergies) in the case you’re incapacitated. You can also record an audio message with critical medical info and store your insurance information for easy access. Keep this one on your home screen so that the ICE icon can easily be spotted by an EMS worker or good Samaritan. There’s even a built-in wallpaper feature, if you like to keep your phone locked.
Available for iPhone/iPod/iPad
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better your shot at beating it. This app allows you to set regular breast check reminders, assess your level of risk based on your lifestyle and perform your own breast self-exams using slide shows and video.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
From wildfires to hurricanes, floods to tornadoes, this app has you covered. With an interactive checklist for making an emergency kit, an emergency meeting location planner, safety and recovery information and a map of FEMA Disaster Recovery Locations and Shelters, you’ll know what to do before, during and after a natural disaster.
6. LIFE360 FAMILY LOCATOR
If you’re ever in a large-scale emergency situation, you’ll want this app in your back pocket. In a worst-case scenario, this app can locate friends and loved ones using GPS, Wi-Fi and cell triangulation technology. The app also allows users to send a panic alert text or email message containing GPS coordinates pinpointing their location.
This app is WebMD meets the Yellow Pages. You can search thousands of medical symptoms, diseases and conditions, as well as medications, treatments and causes. And if your worry warrants a trip to the doc, you can use it to locate your nearest medical center. The app will also store your Personal Health Record (PHR) with
Microsoft HealthVault and save your healthcare preferences and insurance information.
8. MOLE DETECTIVE 2
New Consumer Solutions LLC
It’s a fact that detecting skin cancer in its early stages greatly increases chances for survival. Keep an eye on your moles with this app which allows you to take photos of the moles on your skin, analyze them using the dermatologist ABCDE method and assess your risk for melanoma. You can keep track of how your moles change over time and map where they are on your body-both vital pieces of information to share with your doctor.
9. ASK KAREN FROM USDA
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Download this app, and you’ll have the info you need on-hand to keep your family and friends food-safe. Mobile Karen can answer your food safety questions whether you’re at the grocery store, farmers market, kitchen stove or barbecue grill. She provides essential food storage and preparation tips for preventing foodborne illness at home. You can even live chat with a real live food safety expert on weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET.
With pharmacist-summarized info on the top 1,530 medications prescribed in the U.S., this app can help you ensure you’re taking your medications on time and correctly. The app automatically checks for potentially dangerous drug interactions by overlapping side effects and precautions. It even provides cost information helping you to make informed prescription drug decisions.
Leave a comment if I missed any of your favorites. When it comes to lifesaving apps, you can never have too many.