When someone suffers a cardiac arrest, every minute counts – literally. By some estimates, every minute that passes without CPR reduces chances of survival by 5-10%.
We’ve seen some really interesting efforts that aim to get CPR to cardiac arrest victims faster using smartphones. To help improve rates of bystander CPR, the American Heart Association shifted to a compression only CPR strategy for bystander CPR.
The Duke CPR app is the product of a partnership between the Duke Heart Center and the Women’s Health Initiative to help educate people about compression-only CPR.
The app is appropriately basic in design. It opens with three options: Crisis Mode, CPR Training Mode, and Learn More.
In CPR Training Mode, users are walked through a series of videos that go over why CPR is important and step-by-step guidance on how to perform CPR. Despite the fact that the videos feature Duke athletes, they are well done and include a good combination of animations and live demonstrations. Videos go full screen when the phone is in landscape.
Another useful addition would be information about pediatric & infant CPR given the app’s goal of improving bystander care for cardiac arrest victims.
- Simple, straightforward design
- Reputable source of information in the app
- Videos are well done with appropriate combination of live video, animations
- Crisis mode minimizes time spent in app, gives clear direct instructions
- Link to Good Samaritan laws
- No guidance on pediatric/infant CPR
- Good Samaritan information only covers North Carolina
- Learn More section could be used more effectively with more information on CPR
The Duke CPR app has a simple design and gets to the point. As a free app from a reputable source, it’s a must have app for anyone not already trained in CPR.
- Overall Score
- User Interface
Simple design is appropriate for the intent, though some improvements could be made
- Multimedia Usage
Well done and clear videos
- Real World Applicability
Addresses a clear need
- Available for DownloadiPhoneiPad