Apps for Turkey Day Health Scares


Dieting and health may be the last thing on everyone’s mind this Thanksgiving, but emergency hospital visits spike during holidays. With ERs more stuffed with patients and waiting times running longer than normal, consumers may be tempted to delay seeking emergency medical attention until after the holiday weekend. Not smart, here’s a better idea:

iTriage Health: Created by two ER docs, iTriage helps you answer the questions: “What medical condition could I have?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” Great for helping determine whether chest pain is a heart attack or post-turkey indigestion.Below are three apps that can help aid choking dinner guests, decipher if overindulgent guests require emergency medical attention or find the nearest ER with the shortest wait time:

  • CPR + Choking: Developed by University of Washington educators and doctors, this app offers instant videos on how to perform CPR and aid a choking victim.
  • ER Texting short code “4ER411”: Consumers text “4ER411” and receive an immediate response with wait times at nearby participating hospital ERs and urgent care centers.

“The turkey’s not the only thing that gets stuffed on Thanksgiving,” said Carlos Blanco, head of business development of ER Texting. “People stuff themselves with food and emergency room visits rise. Mobile applications can save lives or at least make them a little more bearable on the holidays.”

ER Texting pioneered the business of publishing live ER and urgent care wait times for consumers. Nearly 247 million mobile phone users around the world are expected to download a health app in 2012.

ER Texting provides texting services to hospitals and urgent care facilities that want to post emergency room wait times and allow consumers to access those times via text message. By virtue of its dedicated and highly recognizable SMS short code 4ER411, ER Texting offers a complete, secure, compliant and integrated texting and marketing platform. ER Texting’s clients include: Miami Children’s Hospital, Adventist Health System, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Metrowest Medical Center, Lawrence General Hospital, Park Ridge Health, The Hospital of Central Connecticut and Shawnee Mission Medical Center. For more information on ER Texting visit or call 1.877.4ER.WAIT (1-877-437-9248).

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