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

  • From: "Allison and Chip Orange" <acorange@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 20:13:28 -0400

What a cool idea, especially for parents.

thanks for posting this Denyece.


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

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 Basics.

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 threat. 

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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