What if Pokémon Go turns into serious healthcare emergency?

What if Pokémon Go turns into serious healthcare emergency?

Pokémon Go became the most downloaded app in the last 7 days. Let us only say that is becoming even more attractive than Pornhub. However, can the augmented reality, which is dividing us from real life, become a true healthcare problem?

The hurricane Pokémon Go, mobile app supported by IOS and Android is turning out to be the most important piece of news of the last days (more important of the attack in Nice or Turkey coup attempt).

News about Pokémon Go are interesting also for emergency and medical support field. Indeed, whether you still did not realize it, people are going literally crazy for this app. This incredible craze is getting worse and worse, and people do not realize the risks they are taken. Many of them got into trouble searching for Pokémon.

For example, look at the video below. This is the reaction of people who found a rare Pokémon into an area crossed by a highway. Pokémon hunters stopped the cars, hazarding their own life, in order to find an element of virtual reality.

Stampede in New York for mewtwo pokemon


In Central Park, New York, people went crazy for the appearance of a rare Pokémon inside the park at night.

How could a dispatcher react if someone calls saying “ a young man has been run over while he was looking for a Pokémon” ? Or, “I was looking for a Pikachu but I found a corpse” ?

Still, these are truly happened in these days.
Then, there is the case of a group of guys in Missouri, trapped by thieves and robbed of their wallets and smartphones during a Pokémon hunt.

The first “educational” video have been launched, for example Fountain Hill Police Department shot a funny gag to make understand the risk people are running because of their obsession.
Rescuers must be ready to face bizarre situations, like people suffering of “smartphone-abstinence” or people checking if on the ambulance there is a Vaporeon, further than a sphygmomanometer.

Paramedics of Victoria (Australia) warn people about dangers which could be provoked by Pokémon Go. They declare to have assisted young people who were assaulted or seriously injured while catching virtual monsters. Ambulance Victoria warn people to look always around them carefully before moving, in order to avoid serious harms. In particular, paramedic says:

“It is not worth hurting yourself trying to catch a Charmander or Pidgey. Your safety is more important than your score.”

For now, here you are other videos describing what a human is inspired to do by his/her smartphone.




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