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Mobile Apps

Seizure First Aide

January 3, 2020


Seizure First Aid is an app that helps users record, time, and help a person who is having a seizure. The app opens with a prompt asking whether to start the timer to record a seizure. It then explains that if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, users should call 911. The app has helpful explanations of each section: First Aid, Timer, Videos, and Get Help.



Seizure First Aide has many helpful resources for timing and understanding seizures. It allows users to time seizures and compare them to the examples in the “Videos” section. The “First Aid” section lists 4 basic first aid procedures if a seizure occurs. While this is helpful, it would be better if it offered a way to video record a seizure to compare. The timer could be improved by offering an explanation for what the user is timing. 



In the “First Aid” section the app lists 5 steps of basic first aid for all types of seizures. Under the “Video” section the app lists 5 common types of seizures to help users decipher what type of seizure they may have witnessed. Under “Get Help” there is a reminder and capability to call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes. There is also a link to call a 24/7 help line. 



When the app opens, instead of immediately prompting the user to begin the timer, it would be more helpful if it explained that the timer is for timing a seizure. While the “Videos” Section is helpful, it would be better if it also had the capability to record a seizure using the phone camera. This way the user could reference the video and compare it to the different types of seizures to decide what kind of seizure they just saw.

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