In an effort to bring help when it is needed most, a new App to help in emergencies has been introduced. These applications aim to bring help when you witness a cardiac arrest.
In the UK, the London Ambulance Service has started using an app called GoodSAM.
In the US, there’s a similar system called PulsePoint and in Stockholm, Sweden, there is an app called SMS-Lifesavers which has been running since 2010.
With the use of this App in Sweden a study has been done which found that bystander-initiated CPR increased from 48% to 62%.
GoodSAM has been used by the London Ambulance Service for about five months. It lets bystanders call emergency services with the push of a button. It also sends alerts to up to three nearby trained first responders. Another great feature allows ambulance crews to send an alert to first responders who are near an incident and may be able to get to the patient before they can.
A video stream feature has also been added to the app so that bystanders can transmit a live video feed to the first responders. It helps the first responders see what they’re going to be dealing with, and to get the proper equipment organised. It can also help prevent someone from providing incorrect first aid through misdiagnosis.
GoodSAM is building up a map of defibrillator locations so they can be easily found by responders using the app. In Stockholm, they now have a lot of patients that are defibrillated within the first 5 minutes of a cardiac arrest, and have seen a 70% survival rate.
Here’s hoping to see the App go nationwide in the near future. If so would you get the new App to help in emergencies?
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