Mobile App Connects Cardiac Arrest Victims with CPR Trained People

Mobile App Connects Cardiac Arrest Victims with CPR Trained People

A mobile phone app can now help save lives of people who suffer from a cardiac arrest, by connecting them with their saviors. The latter ones are the people who have been specially trained in CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

In the study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Sweden employed a mobile phone app on a sample of 30,000 patients from Stockholm, Sweden. They used the mobile notification system, called SMS Lifesavers, to locate CPR-trained volunteers in the vicinity of the victim. These people could help revive patients before emergency assistance arrived. SMS Lifesavers was a mobile-phone positioning system that used the same type of technology as GPS tracking.

The researchers found that the notification system brought about a 30 percent increase in the number of volunteers providing emergency CPR for victims of heart attack. Further, they said that the 30-day survival rate after heart attack, was 10 percent when onlookers provided CPR, while only four percent, if they did not. They also observed that when the app was activated, there was a 30 percent increase in CPR administration by onlookers before medical responders reached the spot.

Ever since the app was launched, as many as 6,000 people trained in CPR, but not part of the health care system formally, came forward. Later, another 4,000 joined and these were usually volunteers within the distance of about one-third of a mile from the patient.

However, like all other applications built in the US, this app too would require to be passed by the government, before it can be put to use commercially.

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