7 EMS iPhone Apps

by on December 29, 2009

in EMS Education Tips, EMS Tips, Guest Blogger, Social Media Tips

This is a guest post by Jeanette Kozlowski. If you want to guest post on this blog, check out the guidelines here.

While iPhones have been known to save a social life or two, who’d a thought you could use the decade’s trendiest gadget to save real lives, too? Inspired by Mashable’s list of “7 iPhone Apps That Can Save Lives,” here are the best free and paid applications to help you in everyday rescue missions.

Calling all iPhone-aholics: Know of a really great app that’s helped you on the job that isn’t mentioned? Feel free to post it in the comments section!

Pocket First Aid & CPR – $3.99
Created by the American Heart Association, the Pocket First Aid & CPR features hundreds of pages with illustrations and covers CPR, choking, bites, bruises, burns, seizures, diabetic emergencies and more. Moreover, there are videos and a place where you can save your own and others medical emergency information.
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myLite Flashlight – Free

Dubbed the “Swiss Army Knife of flashlights,” myLite provides illumination when you need it the most. Obviously it won’t be as bright as your standard flashlight, but what it will do is allow you to adjust color and brightness. As mentioned by its creator DoApp Inc., other uses for myLite include sending out SOS messages and showing off on the dance floor.

Police Scanner – $2.99
This app grants you on-the-go access to law enforcement, fire and EMS dispatch frequencies. While on-call volunteer firefighters and emergency responders can listen in, they won’t be able to broadcast or respond. Frequencies include both national and international streams.
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CPR & Choking – Free
If someone is actually choking, it might not be the time to pull out your iPhone. Despite that fact, it serves as a proper review for those who already have had CPR training. Developed by doctors and educators at the University of Washington, this life-saving app includes short video demonstrations on how to perform CPR properly.

EMS Logger Plus – $2.99
Building on the success of the free EMS Logger, EMS Logger Plus allows paramedics to document critical events without a pen and paper. This new version even includes a shaker-activated timer, which helps you time pulse and respiration. The app’s creator, an EMT student at the time, has also created similar applications for police and fire personnel that can be found here.
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EMS Meds – $2.99
Written by the same EMT student who made EMS Logger Plus, EMS Meds is a perfect reference guide for paramedics that catalogs about 80 commonly used drugs by EMS personnel. In addition to the dosage guide, there are four calculators for dosage, body surface area, simple infusion and drip rates.
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SirenFX – Police/Emergency Sound Effects – $.99
A catalogue of emergency sound effects can be a big help if you find yourself in an emergency situation without a siren. On the other hand, it appears its best use is to freak out your friends. In addition to a siren, sound effects include a police radio, air horn and wail.
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Author: Jeanette Kozlowski is a freelance journalist and resident blogger for Cat5 Commerce, a niche retail operator. She spends most days monitoring the wires for new and exciting public safety developments to share on Tactical Pants Blog, an information hub for the law enforcement and public safety industry.


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  • CrzyDJM

    Any love for the BlackBerry? These apps look awesome but I’m not an iphone owner!

    • http://www.everydayemstips.com Greg Friese

      Thanks for the question. I have epocrates on my Blackberry. I use it most frequently during training sessions when my EMS medical director drops names of drugs I don’t know or to make sure I am ready if he asks me the next question. I will ask the post author, Jeanette, to consider a follow-up post on BB apps.

  • http://www.cprclass.org Ruben Major

    I didn’t know that the AHA released an application for First Aid/CPR. I will have to check this one out. What a good idea! :)

  • http://www.iTriageHealth.com Wayne Guerra

    I am the co-founder of iTriage, and an EMS medical director. Take a look at this app to evaluate symptoms, learn about the possible causes, and find treatment facilities anywhere in the US. You can quickly find the differential diagnosis for over 250 symptoms. The app is available free for the iPhone/iTouch and all Android phones, and can be used on any smartphone or computer at:
    http://www.itriagehealth.com

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  • http://www.everydayemstips.com Greg Friese

    A reader also sent me a link to a Fire/EMS schedule application http://www.trekmedics.org/projects/ecal-iphone-app-tutorial/

  • http://Robert-Vroman.com Robert Vroman

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone and there are some great EMS related apps out there. There is however one warning I always pass along to my students and others.

    Use it for between call educational activities, but be leery of using it during a call, no matter how beneficial the app may be.

    Consider the fact that during a patient encounter you have your gloves on which are considered to be contaminated. You then use your cool app and contaminate your phone which you later handle with your bare hands and put to your face. Just something to consider for your own health and safety.

  • http://Robert-Vroman.com Robert Vroman

    Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone and there are some great EMS related apps out there. There is however one warning I always pass along to my students and others.

    Use it for between call educational activities, but be leery of using it during a call, no matter how beneficial the app may be.

    Consider the fact that during a patient encounter you have your gloves on which are considered to be contaminated. You then use your cool app and contaminate your phone which you later handle with your bare hands and put to your face. Just something to consider for your own health and safety.

  • http://www.aladtec.com Dave Feyereisen

    Our company, Aladtec Inc, recently released a mobile web version of our EMS Manager and FIRE Manager systems. The web app is available free with all EMS Manager and FIRE Manager systems. These systems are used for online employee scheduling and workforce management by more than 400 services and more than 23,000 employees throughout North America. For more information go to http://www.aladtec.com.

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