PRN: 'SOS Poison' Smartphone app Rescues Lives

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'SOS Poison' Smartphone app Rescues Lives

 
[21-February-2012]
 

ALMERE, The Netherlands, February 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

What do you do if a child has eaten a buttercup? Should you induce vomiting in a child when it has drunk bleach? Thanks to the Japanese introduction of the SOS Poison app for the iPhone, the answers to these sorts of question are now always at hand.

The SOS Poison application for smartphones contains an alphabetic list with 190 toxic substances. For each substance, there is an instruction on what to do if a child has ingested it. In addition, the app also contains a list of more than 60 toxic plants. Every plant has a clear photo next to it, so that users can immediately recognise which plant a child has eaten. The app also provides advice on ticks, snakes, jellyfish, bees or wasps and there is a separate chapter with prevention tips and other relevant information.

"This app is of course intended for parents, but is certainly also useful for teachers, playschool teachers, sports instructors and others who deal with children," says the Dutch publisher Don Veldkamp. In order to get a good idea of the SOS Poison app, a free LITE version is also available which displays a small part of the information.

The SOS Poison app is a publication by the Dutch foundation Ticket to Prevent. The app is available in a wide range of languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Russian and now also Japanese. In addition to the SOS Poison app, the foundation also provides a Guide for Grandparents caring for grandchildren, a Burns Guide and a First Aid Guide.

"An important advantage of the app is the ease with which knowledge can be adjusted. We can therefore keep the app up-to-date constantly," says publisher Veldkamp. Once you have bought the app, you are always offered the latest, state-of-the-art version automatically and free of charge via the app store. The app is available in a great many countries and is clearly catching on. A user writes, "This is a really wonderful app. If you have young children, this is a must."

The Japanese SOS Poison app can be downloaded upon payment of ¥ 450 in the Japanese Apple iTunes app store.

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