The smartphone & smartwatch being integral lifestyle devices are also slowly turning into lifesavers. The Apple Watch update featuring SOS can actually help in difficult time by sharing your medical information and getting in touch with emergency services. Apart from this, Apple has certain built-in emergency features in almost all their products to help in critical times.
Medical ID in Health App
To make use of your data during the time of emergency, you have to make sure that you have fed your medical condition in Medical ID on the Health App. It will have your basic information like name, age, date of birth and other info related to your medical conditions, reactions and allergies. You can also feed it emergency contacts of your parents, friends and other significant people. This data will prove to be very useful when medical help arrives after you lose your conscious. Another important thing one should be aware of is how to access this data when someone is in emergency. You can view it by tapping on emergency on the home screen of the iPhone.
If you are facing an emergency and urgently need help then all you have to do is long-press the side button on the Apple Watch until the SOS feature kicks in. To call the emergency service you will have to slide the bottom option showing “Emergency SOS”. By chance if you are not able to slide it then continue pressing the side button and at the end of the countdown it will automatically contact the emergency services. But you will need your iPhone nearby to make the call and then you can speak using the watch and ask for help. If you have already set some emergency contacts then the Watch will automatically alert them and send your location using the GPS.
Also the watch screen will display your medical information using you medical ID recorded in HealthKit to assist the ones who have come to your aid. This feature is very beneficial especially for those who are already undergoing some major medical/health issues.
We all love talking to Siri to help us interact with our iPhone, also it can be useful in emergency situations. You just have to ask Siri to call 911 or any other emergency number and it will do it without you having to touch your phone. It’s considered to be very helpful if you have fallen or have a wound and aren’t able to grab or touch the phone. A countdown will appear before dialing the contact, if it’s really an emergency then you can tap on ‘call’ for faster connection and by chance if it was a mistake then you can withdraw the call. Whereas if you can grab your device then you have to press and hold the bottom button of the watch and it will connect you with the emergency centre using the SOS feature we saw earlier.
According to a report by Sun, a man named Dennis Anselmo in his 60s was working in the garden. During his work he started feeling distressed. He thought it was just a fever but it got worse. He started to feel weaker and thought of heading back home but all of a sudden he felt all over the place. As he was habitual of checking his heart rate on his Apple watch, his normal heart rate is 50bmp but he saw his heart rate measuring 210 bpm which was shocking as such a shoot up in heart rate could denote a heart attack. Immediately he was taken to a hospital and got operated to clear the entire blockage in the arteries. Luckily he rushed to the hospital rather than home. This really helped in saving his life.
You can read more on how to configure these service. Apart from this built-in functionality, companies like Cardiogram are innovating around detecting health issues with heart rate data from the Apple Watch.
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