A lifesaving smartphone app that alerts trusted responders to patients in cardiac arrest will be rolled out throughout Victoria next year.
How the system works is that following a Triple Zero (000) call, the app alerts nearby ‘trusted responders’ to cardiac arrest incidents. These trusted responders would be given the location of the patient and sent to provide immediate CPR. ‘Trusted responders’ could include off-duty paramedics, medical professionals, other emergency responders, as well as members of the public with appropriate first aid training.
“This advanced technology will be linked to Triple Zero (000) calls for the most time-critical medical emergencies,” Ambulance Victoria Chief Executive Officer Tony Walker said.
“This innovative approach has saved lives in other parts of the world, and we want it to do the same in Victoria.”
“Early effective CPR greatly improves a cardiac arrest patient’s chance of survival. Quick intervention is the key to survival.”
In some cases they may also send a responder to fetch an automated external defibrillator and take it directly to the patient. If you know of an AED in a fixed location (i.e. attached to a wall), you can help by registering it here: https://goodsamapp.org/vic
A great initiative with increased health potential for all Victorians.
More details can be found at https://www.goodsamapp.org/