Finally, technology works to bring people together rather than break them apart, by using mobile tech performance to manage life-threatening situations. Almost each and every one of us modern people carries a mobile device, and youngsters put their hands on such a device ever since early infancy.
This means that we can all connect to each other not only to exchange the latest gossip news, like and share pictures but to actually support each other in times of need. There’s a new app for that and it seems to work very efficiently in cases where people need it most. The groundbreaking app signals cases of cardiac arrest, alerting people who attended CPR training and urging them to go and help with assistance.
It comes with the advantage of alerting those who are near the potential disaster, so time can be saved and better chances of survival and recovery can appear. When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, the SMS Lifesavers app alerts CPR trained individuals who are near the case. The app shows their whereabouts which can enable trained people to get there ASAP and carry out CPR until a team of paramedics arrives.
The new performing feature was developed by researchers from the Center for Resuscitation Science in Karolinska institute, together with other Swedish universities. The entire initiative was carried out with the help of a pilot program in Stockholm County, delivering text message alerts to CPR trained volunteers whenever a cardiac arrest was reported nearby.
It seems that the experiment had very positive effects, resulting in a larger amount of bystanders rushing to help fellow citizens and performing CPR, before emergency medical services were able to arrive on location. This kind of intervention is known to double the survival rate among cardiac arrests, compared to similar situations but without the help of an exclusive app.
It’s all about the timing, as early intervention by CPR trained professionals raises survival rates. Recent research reveals the successful results after analyzing 30.000 cases of cardiac arrest in a community. But of course an app that urges trained people to help victims is not everything that matters for survival. Factors like age, sex and cause of cardiac arrest weigh heavily on a potentially successful emergency case.
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