Technology has come a long way. Voice enabled activation specifically seems to be at the forefront of almost every aspect of business and industry. Fortunately, it is now also benefiting emergency healthcare.
A great example of this innovation is Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant for the home. This device is now able to articulate medical information about first aid from one of the best-known names in medicine, Minnesota’s Mayo Clinic.
The information is accessible by speaking to the Amazon device.
Then, users who access the free Mayo Clinic First Aid program and ask Alexa for information about CPR are told, multiple times, to call 911. The device also advises in its robotic-female voice to begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation for one minute and then call 911 if the person is unresponsive from suffocation. If the user asks for it, the device will go on to discuss specific techniques for doing CPR on an adult, child or baby.
The program also has other information when prompted such as “tell me about spider bites” and “how to treat a cut. However, Mayo Clinic does make the disclaimer that their First Aid program is for “information purposes only” and should not be used in an emergency medical situation or in place of professional medical advice. Rather, the Mayo program offers instructions for self care for “dozens of everyday mishaps and other situations.”
Tracy A. Jones is an American Heart Association, ASHI, and American Red Cross Master Program Trainer, Instructor, & AHA Faculty Member located in San Antonio, Texas.