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New Red Cross App Offers Help For Emergencies

Just in time for the busy summer season, a new smartphone app makes it easy for anyone to help in an emergency.

The “S.O.S by the American Red Cross” is a free app that provides real-time emergency care instructions and an expansive resource guide for emergency care information in order to help save lives. The app is available only for Android mobile devices. It was recently launched by the Red Cross, Dr. Mehmet Oz and the medical website Sharecare.

Once activated, app users are guided through a victim assessment and receive step-by-step video narration and follow-along demonstrations by Dr. Oz.

More than 30 protocols for the most common emergency care situations were adapted for the Android app. 3-D animations are included for the more complex protocols, specifically Hands-Only CPR and Choking along with an audio and visual counter for real-time CPR compressions.

The Resource Guide covers more than 50 common emergency care situations with easy to understand instructions for treating seizures to broken bones.

“The beginning of summer, with its outdoor activities and extra travel, is the perfect time to launch this app,” said Dr. David Markenson, chair, American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, in a press release. “This collaboration has produced a lifesaving tool for those who have never taken Red Cross training and an ‘onsite coach’ for those who have. This new app is an excellent complement to the knowledge and skills learned in Red Cross courses.”

“People need to see themselves as first responders to emergency situations in their home and workplace,” said Dr. Oz. “Knowing CPR will save the lives of your loved ones, colleagues and even random strangers. This collaboration meets people where they are at – on their smartphones – and uses the best modern teaching tools to provide CPR education. As a heart surgeon, I see the American Red Cross and Sharecare’s efforts as game changing and invaluable. The life you save will probably be someone you love.”

In addition to the emergency protocols and resource guide, the S.O.S. app features 9-1-1 dialing that auto-launches a map with location information, while on the call with the emergency dispatcher.

To get the app, Android users can go to and download the “S.O.S by the American Red Cross” app for free. Contact your local Red Cross or visit for information on Red Cross training offerings. For additional life-saving and healthcare information, visit

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