Ever since a man buried under rubble after the Haitian earthquake
used an iPhone to treat his injuries, interest has spread in how people can use mobile phones to save lives during emergencies. A number of apps
are already available that provide first aid instructions, including one that allows emergency responders to get important information about your health conditions in case you are unable to communicate. And at the Mobile Monday Amsterdam conference in the Netherlands, an emergency physician from Croatia demonstrated a device which he created that uses the iPhone to help people do safer, more effective CPR, as The Unofficial Apple Weblog reports
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-E-B3Pc8mk&feature=player_embedded"]Dr. Ivan Kovic's device[/ame], which is not yet available for sale, is a plastic cradle that holds an iPhone or iPod touch, and is shaped to give greater leverage while doing chest compressions for CPR, avoiding fatigue. The iPhone sits in a specially designed mount on the cradle which gives an unobstructed view of the PocketCPR app
to guide the emergency responder, with visual and audio cues, through the CPR process. The device is not meant for laypeople, Dr. Kovic says, but is rather intended to help medical professionals to safely administer CPR, or as an aid in training emergency responders how to do the process correctly.
In circumstances where an iPhone user may be feeling ill and on the verge of unconsciousness, the EMS Options smart-ICE (In Case of Emergency)
app can call 911 with a single tap, and broadcast a loud alert tone every two minutes afterwards to help wake the user up if they pass out, or to help emergency personnel find them. Much like the MedicAlert
system in the US, the app stores all of a user's critical health information - like an emergency contact, medications used, allergies, etc. - and can "speak for" people who are unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate.
US filmmaker Dan Woolley, who was shooting a video about poverty in Haiti when the earthquake happened, used instructions from an iPhone first-aid app to make a bandage and tourniquet for his leg and to stop the bleeding from his head wound. The iPhone kept Woolley from falling asleep, which could have been dangerous as he went into shock, so he set his cellphone’s alarm clock to go off every 20 minutes. He was rescued after 65 hours.