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iPhone first aid app goes free

St John Ambulance has officially announced its first aid iPhone app is now free to download. The app, which gives life saving advice, has already proved to be the difference between life and death.

Launched last year, the ‘St John Ambulance First Aid’ app was an instant success and has now been downloaded by nearly 43,000 people. And it seems the new technology has already saved a life, as a mother got in touch to say she was able to give first aid to her choking baby, thanks to the app.

In time for winter

As well as advice for dealing with major emergencies, such as choking or heart attacks, the app also gives useful first aid guidance on how to deal with effects of the cold, such as hypothermia and frost bite.

St John Ambulance is urging iPhone users to download the app so that they have the first aid information they need to save a life or provide support while waiting for help to arrive, particularly important during winter months when ambulance waiting times may be longer.

Life saving advice at the touch of a button

Sue Killen, CEO, St John Ambulance, said: ‘We’d like to thank the thousands of people who have already downloaded the app and made it possible for us to now make it free. I hope that even more people will download it now. Up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live and we are determined to change this. Being armed with the app could help you be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

The app will be free to download from the Apple App Store from Thursday 24 November.