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Jan 25, 2012

An App for Finding Emergency Medical Centers

A smartphone app that could help save lives.

In this modern world, smartphones have become central to many of our lives. Things that we never imagined are now available at the touch of a button, from live video-chats with loved ones to instant, location-based dinner reservations and discounts. And although many of our smartphone abilities are convenient or downright fun, developers have created a way to integrate life-saving functionality into these tiny handheld devices.

A new app called Emergency Medical Center Locator (EMCL) can help you find a specialized emergency medical center near you within seconds using your mobile device. This capability could truly save lives, especially when receiving immediate care is crucial to survival, particularly after a heart attack, stroke or sudden cardiac arrest.

So how does it work? The EMCL app can point you toward emergency medical centers in six specialty areas – trauma, stroke, eye, pediatric, cardiac and burn. This breakdown enables individuals to choose a center that best suits their needs, even when time is of the essence. Once a center is chosen, the program will instantly provide you with a phone number and directions from your current location to the facility. And app users don’t need to worry about choosing a low-quality healthcare facility. EMCL only includes the most advanced and state-of-the-art emergency care facilities certified by the American College of Cardiology and American College of Surgeons.

Although this app is available for free, at no charge to users, it is currently available for the iPhone and iPad. However, if EMCL proves to be a hit, you can expect similar apps to pop up for all types of smartphones in the near future. So in the event that you are faced with an emergency and must seek medical attention, smartphone users need not worry—“there’s an app for that.”

Questions for You to Consider

  • How important is immediate medical attention after a heart attack or stroke?

  • Seeking medical attention at the first signs of a heart attack or stroke is crucial to survival and avoiding permanent damage. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a cardiac event, call 911 immediately and wait for help to come.
  • Can I drive myself to the hospital in an emergency situation?

  • After or during a cardiac event such as a heart attack or stroke, it is important to call 911 and not attempt to drive yourself to the hospital. Ambulances are equipped to provide immediate, life-saving medical care until you arrive at the nearest emergency facility.