[tabi] Some of you might find this article interesting.

  • From: "Denyece Roberts MSW" <peace05@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:06:44 -0400

Feature Writer John Christie - Talking First Aid Kit Accessible to the

Some people might have just the basics as part of a first aid kit.
These basics may include some band-aids, a roll of gauze and maybe
scissors. This is fine for a scraped knee or a finger cut. For big
emergencies, you need a first aid kit that everyone can use. Dave
Hammond, former Navy corpsman and founder of IntelligentFirstAid has
such a kit that is fairly accessible to the blind and visually
impaired. The kit includes supplies, visual instruction cards and a
unique audio module.

The modules are colored-coded and at the push of a button give you
easily understood instructions regarding the 9 essential first aid
treatments. The kit includes a guide book with additional first aid
instructions for emergencies and conditions not covered in the 9
modules. It also includes a flashlight and a rugged shoulder strap.
Nine injury specific packs are available. They include Breathing,
Bleeding, Shock, Head & Spine, Bone, Eye, Burns, Bites & Stings, and

Some people think that the Talking First Aid Kit is a voice too many.
"You lose time when you read the card, do the thing, read the card, do
the thing," said Peter Morris, assistant chief of the Bethesda-Chevy
Chase Rescue Squad. "A first aid kit is a good thing, but call 911
first." But Dave Hammond asks, "What if you can't see? What if you
can't read?" While 911 is always the first option, everyone should
have access to reliable and accessible first aid, which is why Dave
created this product. 

These Talking First Aid Kits are only currently available in English.
However, world wide demand has resulted in versions in other
languages. A Japanese language audio and visual kit is currently in
the works. This type of first aid kit would be very well received in
Japan especially with earthquakes, typhoons, and volcanoes always a

For the time being, English speakers can order the ERS700 Intelligent
First Aid "talking" kit from the company's web site, which is
www.intellignetfirstaid.com. The cost of the kit is $129.99 with free
ground shipping placed and delivered within the U.S.A.

The Talking First Aid Kit is an excellent guide for people who don't
know anything about First Aid or for the blind and visually impaired.
Too bad the guide book which comes with it isn't accessible to the
blind. However, I wonder whether a recording studio such as The
Braille & Talking Book Library at Perkins would do this as a project
if they had enough requests for it.

At least people are coming up with ways to help us handle some of the
emergency dilemmas that may come up in life--and that's a great start.





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