Developer: Jive Media LLC
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
Pocket First Aid & CPR Guide provides some useful information that will be handy to have at the ready. The app provides a fairly comprehensive guide to conducting CPR and a number of other first aid remedies. The information was pretty solid, but the question is how often one will use it. If someone is in a life-threatening situation, will you really be scrolling through your iPhone to figure out how to perform rescue breathing? Instead, Pocket First Aid and CPR Guide should be looked at as more of a guide and study manual, which gives you some background and useful tips to make it through a tragic incident.
The most useful sections for users will probably be the ones that cover a variety of injuries, such as blisters, bee stings, bites, or potential poisons. While camping in the wilderness where there often is no wireless phone signal, it would be convenient to still be able to reference the information without having to search for it on the Internet. Or if you are out and about, it might be nice to know how to handle a cut or other type of injury you are not sure how to treat.
One weakness in Pocket First Aid and CPR Guide was the lack of graphics — especially in the sections describing CPR techniques or the Heimlich Maneuver. If someone was a CPR novice, it would make the process more understandable if there were visuals to accompany the instructions. In fact, every section would be more user-friendly if illustrations were included to walk the user through some of the steps of treating the injuries.
When it comes down to it, you will probably do something else with your iPhone given a serious injury — dial 911. The info is nice, but you may want to think about how handy it will really be. Boy Scouts and other folks that like to "always be prepared" will find that this is the type of guide you want to have with you at all times. For others, Googling the information when necessary may be sufficient.