The Red Cross Emergency app uses the voice recognition device Alexa, as used with Amazon Echo, which is connected to the internet and users can interact with the programme to get advice on how to deal with the problem.
The charity hopes the technology, which is usually used as a hands-free way of selecting music to play or to send emails, will help save lives as it may help save lives if used whilst people wait for an ambulance to appear.
The British Red Cross app will give interactive advice on first aid (stock image)
The British Red Cross said: “It should be like having someone in the room.”
With conditions such as a seizure, the device will explain in a slow and methodical manner, so as not to panic the listener, that the patient should not be restrained and that a blanket should be to protect their head.
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Research by the charity had shown that only half of people attempted any sort of first aid when waiting for an ambulance in an emergency and that 59 per cent of pre-hospital deaths from injury could be prevented if first aid skills had been better.
The app currently covers advice on 18 different types of emergency that commonly occur in the home, including burns, broken bones, asthma attacks, heavy bleeding and seizures.
The app uses the interactive, talking Alexa device
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The British Red Cross app can be used for a number of household medical emergencies
Joe Mulligan, head of First Aid Education at the British Red Cross, said: “The benefits of accessible education are well documented, and we hope that spoken instructions will make it even simpler for people to learn these skills.
“This is a very exciting time for us. We’ll be developing this product all the time based on user feedback, and we’re looking forward to seeing this product grow.”