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The new app will help provide first aid for cardiac arrest

November 15, 2017 15:07

Developed an application for smartphones that will come to the aid of people in cardiac arrest, three minutes before the ambulance arrived. Each minute increases the chance of survival by 10 percent.

Appendix EHRA First Responder created European Association of heart rate (EHRA), branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

"In Europe, the emergency services arrive after about nine minutes after cardiac arrest. Each minute saved increases the chance of survival by 10 percent and reduces the risk of traumatic brain injury, which starts in four minutes after cardiac arrest, "- said Dr. Christian Elsner, the representative EHRA.

If CPR is initiated by a lifeguard, it will shorten the time between cardiac arrest and CPR urgently needed.

Appendix EHRA First Responder is designed to increase the resuscitation rate and reducing the time between cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Based on GPS-tracking technology application uses existing emergency services (available in many countries by number 112), trained to find "rescue", and then automatically send them to the place of the patient's location. The aim is that the rescuer arrived in three or four minutes after cardiac arrest.

After stopping the observer causes the emergency services arrest. The operator sends an ambulance, while rescuers are nearby. Nearest rescuers applications respond to the challenge and the first response provides guidance through the application. Other rescuers can further bring an automatic external defibrillator.

The app has been tested in Lübeck, Germany, where about 600 rescue workers were recruited. In 36 percent of cases of heart attack lifeguard on the application arrived three minutes before the emergency care. Rescue workers recruited in the local campaign in the media, and 70 percent have already passed medical training. 30 percent with no medical training received basic aid course and have made a commitment to re-take it every two years.

Now the organizers of the project are turning to emergency dispatch units (fire departments and hospitals) across Germany to connect to the application.

"The software has a standard interface and is easy to connect to most of the alarm systems in Europe in just a few clicks, - says Dr. Elsner -. We provide insurance for users of applications, and we have a guarantee of data security from the German Department of data security in Schleswig-Holstein. We run the application throughout Europe, and we hope to increase the level of intensive care by 70-90 percent when the victims are resuscitated by an average of three or four minutes. "

Source: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-smartphone-app-cardiac-minutes-ambulance.html

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