This First Aid Kit Teaches Anyone To Become An Emergency Life Saver
A first aid kit complete with an interactive app and instructions will enable bystanders to turn into emergency responders
The Mobilize Rescue System first aid kit, complete with an interactive iPad app and life-saving medical supplies, will enable anyone to help save lives after a traumatic injury. A series of on-screen prompts are designed to help users identify and treat injuries, starting from the most severe. According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, 30,000 of the 147,790 deaths from trauma injuries in 2014 could have been prevented with better, faster care. The Mobilize Rescue System is designed to help lower those numbers.
The interactive app plays a big role in helping victims: the touch-screen uses color-coded illustrations, animations and planograms to help users locate supplies in the kit, then walks the user through how to apply them. The supplies are even arranged based on how life-saving they will be: tourniquets, to staunch bleeding, starts at the bottom left, in red. Next: pressure dressings and QuikClot, in yellow, followed by chest seals, in green, and then pieces like glucose and burn dressings. The kit also contains supplies for basic first-aid situations: cold compresses and splints, a pouch full of bandaids.
Collin Smith, head of the Colorado School of Mines’ Energy, Mining, and Construction Industry Safety Program, saw great promise in the first aid kit, testing hypothetical scenarios first with firefighters, then later on a dummy with untrained laypeople. The kit handled the tests perfectly: “Something like this, especially for remote locations, could be as valuable as fire extinguishers of sprinkler systems, when it comes to increasing your probability of survival,” Smith told Wired. “It’s a big deal. I would not be surprised if you saw something like this become standard at job sites in the future.”
A full rescue kit costs for $1,750-$2,250, while a less impressive, pared down version retails for $180.