There are more than 400,000 people in Europe who suffer cardiac arrest every year, but only 15% of them receive CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as first aid. With proper CPR, we can save more than 100,000 lives every year. The question is: Do we know how to perform a proper CPR? How do we teach our kids these important first aid skills?
For this reason, the non-profit Italian Resuscitation Council (IRC) together with Elastico developed an interactive app for kids called A Breathtaking Picnic. As a part of Kids Save Live project — supported by World Health Organization (WHO) — the app aims to show and teach kids what they need to do in emergencies.
Tum-Tum the Bear and the Squirrel Family
The first act opens with the happy Squirrel family preparing for the Great Spring Picnic day. While Mummy and Daddy are preparing a tasty nut cake, baby Glom and her elder brother Cof-Cof fight over a nut. During the fight, Glom accidentally swallows the nut and starts choking.
As a result, the entire family goes into an emergency. While Daddy calls for help, Mummy immediately pulls Glom onto her knees and starts giving her back blows. Then, she presses Glom’s chest with two-fingers to get the nut out.
Unfortunately, the nut flies into Cof-Cof’s mouth and chokes him instead. But because Cof-Cof is a bit older than the baby Glom, Mummy can squeeze him tightly from the back and thrust upwards several times to force the nut out of his throat.
Just when the squirrels ready to have a picnic in the woods with the other animals, Tum-Tum the Bear has a cardiac arrest. Quick the Fox immediately checks on Tum-Tum, and finds out that Tum-Tum is no longer breathing. She asks Puf the Skunk to call for help, and immediately kneels to give Tum-Tum a CPR. With her fingers locked together, Quick presses deeply and rapidly into Tum-Tum’s chest. When the White Rabbit rescue team arrives, they use a defibrillator to help shock Tum-Tum awake.
Parents Need to Know
A Breathtaking Picnic is available in Italian and English. When you switch the language to Italian, all the text will be changed to Italian. You can change your preferred language from the splash screen.
The big idea of this app is for you and your kids to understand the signs of someone choking or having a cardiac arrest. For example, you should be paying attention to sudden difficulty in breathing, inability to cough, or make any sound. Then, you and your kids need to learn what you can and should do when such moment occurs. The app offers step-by-step instructions, narration, and animation that can help both you and your kids to understand the process.
Obviously, the app works great without an Internet connection. It doesn’t have any in-app purchase, third-party ads, or links to social networks. But, I would strongly encourage you share this app with other families so they can also learn about these important first aid skills.
Things I Like
You can listen to the entire story in A Breathtaking Picnic without having to read any text. But if you want to read along, you can tap on the paragraph icon located on the top right corner of the screen. The app will show a pulldown modal window that covers the top half of the screen to show the entire text for the act.
As a parent, you can tap on the parental icon located on the top left corner of the screen. The app will show a pullout modal window that covers the left half of the screen to show an informative text. This is where you will find detailed instructions on what to do when your child is choking, or when you are required to perform a proper CPR.
One other thing that I really like about this app is its bonus game. From the main menu, you can start a CPR simulation game by timing your taps to save the bear and the squirrel family.
A Breathtaking Picnic is a must-have for all families. You can download the app for free, and you should immediately read the story along with your kids. Teach them these important life skills, and help spread the words to other families too.
App was suggested to us.