CPR/Choking video app has good videos for patients but overall utility limited

Purpose of the Review

This review analyzes the CPR/Choking app to find out if it can be recommended to patients to learn CPR and choking techniques.

Introduction

The CPR/Choking app offers instant videos on how to perform CPR and aid a choking victim.

The goal is to teach users the basics of CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The app is compatible with the latest American Heart Association CPR guidelines issued in October, 2010.

It was developed by leading educators and doctors at the University of Washington School of Medicine through their LEARN CPR program.

User Interface

As we open the app, its main screen shows us two buttons we can tap: CPR and Choking.

The app seems to have a fixed size on your screen and doesn’t auto-adjust to your device’s screen resolution. You can see from the screenshots it looks like it was developed with a smaller screen in mind.

If we tap on CPR, we can select CPR videos for adults, children and infants. These videos are very clear, well made and provide instructions on how to perform CPR in an easy to understand manner.

The Choking section contains videos on how to act in cases of an emergency. Information on adults, children and infants is also provided.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Videos are good

Dislikes

  • User interface has issues
  • No additional information is provided

Conclusion

  • The user interface issues mentioned are not too bad considering that the app serves only as a video launcher.
  • If you want to know how CPR is done then this app is probably OK. However, it really needs more work if it wants to teach people how to effectively respond to emergency scenarios.

iMedicalApps recommended?

  •  No

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Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 2.5/5

  • User interface – 2
  • Multimedia usage – 3
  • Price - 3
  • Real world applicability - 2

Author:

Guido Giunti, MD

Healthcare IT Research Associate at the Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires on the subject of gamification and games in healthcare. He teaches Internal Medicine and Physical Examination at the University of Buenos Aires.

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