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Lifesaving APP's and how to use them

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Smartphones are more than just a convenient way to communicate. Nowadays, apps can be a life saving tool. With new technology you can alert an ambulance with the click of a button.

Practically everyone has a smart phone these days loaded with applications.

A new app is so advanced if you need to go for a ride in an ambulance, one touch of the screen will make that happen.

Acadian Service is making your trip to the hospital easy and simple.

"Request a ride, which is a non emergency ambulance service, for that app where people can request an ambulance for things like hospital transfers going to doctors office, going to dialysis, when they still need an ambulance but its non emergency." said Randall Mann.

"So when you press it, it brings up a screen where you can type in your name, where you'd like to go, your condition, your phone number and when you submit that it's transmitted to our dispatch."

The dispatch center will then call the patient. After gathering all the details, dispatch will call out an ambulance.

And you might expect it's the younger generation using the app the most, but that's not the case.

"I'm actually seeing a lot more of the older generation starting to get into it, its more simple for them to deal with the app instead of figuring out phone numbers. It's easy, one touch and they got it." said Victor Rodriguez.

Its just the latest innovation taking advantage of smarthphone apps.

"Family Medical Manager" is like having your doctor in your pocket.

"That's a more comprehensive app, it gives places for people to put medical records and data, allergies medications, all sorts of stuff they could pull up like they were at the Dr.'s office, or in hospital." said Mann.

There's another one called the Acadiana "Ice" app. It puts vital emergency information on your lock screen, instead of trapped inside your phone.

"People will put an ice contact on their phone, but when their phone is locked it doesn't do anybody any good. So the ice app creates a banner that goes on their lock screen, of their emergency contact and the photo of their choice." said Mann.

Acadian Service says they will continue to evolve these apps, and allow modern technology to help those who need help the most.

Michael Dupre

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