Reporting Paula Ebben
BOSTON (CBS) – Whether it’s an accident on the playground, or a tough hit on the football field, kids get hurt all the time.
But now parents and coaches have help figuring out the difference between a simple bump on the head or something far more serious.
All they need is a smart phone and the ‘Concussion App.”
WBZ-TV’s Paula Ebben reports
“You can touch the app in order to call 911 and while you are doing so it runs through a laundry list of questions so you can provide the medical professionals with information about what has happened,” explained blogger and tech-savvy mom Leticia Barr.
The Concussion App is just one of several designed to help keep kids safe.
Lori Hardegree uses the “Epi Pen App” to help educate people around her son about his severe allergy to ant and bug bites.
It provides a how-to on using the life-saving device.
“We’ve sent it to the school, to his teachers, scout leaders, coaches for sporting events [and] grandparents,” she said.
Lori also uses the app from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
School nurse, Lola Settle, is also a fan.
“I think we could incorporate the use of these apps into the daily routine at the clinic because not all schools have medical personnel,” she said.
There is also the ICE App for the other emergencies.
“ICE stands for ‘in case of emergency’ and ice is really a place where you can enter a wealth of information about your family’s medical history,” Barr explained.
“You can enter your insurance information. You can enter in blood type, allergies, past medical history,” she added.
There is also an app from the FBI in case your child goes missing.
“You can take a picture of your child, upload it, sore information about your child there,” Barr said.
The apps are not intended to replace medical advice, merely to offer quick access to information in an emergency.