The app that may help save lives following a terror attack
The system is intended to give members of the pubic straightforward information on how to plan, prepare and react to an incident
Military and civilian medics in the UK have developed an app to train people how to provide potentially life-saving treatment before the arrival of emergency services in the event of an incident, especially a terrorist attack.
According to a news report, the information is available through a CitizenAID app and pocketbook designed to complement the ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ guidance given by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office in the wake of the Paris attacks. CitizenAID founder Brigadier Tim Hodgetts said the idea is not to scare but empower people.
The system is intended to give members of the pubic straightforward information on how to plan, prepare and react to an incident. Those behind the app say it could prove effective in the immediate aftermath of an attack when emergency services may be primarily concerned with removing a threat, rather than treating victims.
While medical emergency related to heart attack is quite common, a different response is needed to act effectively after a serious injury from bomb blast, gunshot and stabbing. According to the developers of the app, quick actions, particularly to stop bleeding through techniques such as applying a tourniquet, will save lives, they say.