The smartphone app that uses GPS to alert first-aiders to nearby medical emergencies has helped to save its first life.
GoodSAM is a smartphone app that alerts first-aiders to nearby medical emergencies.
Through the Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund, Nesta and the Cabinet Office have supported the London Ambulance Service to integrate GoodSAM into their 999 systems. This means that, if a 999 call is made for a suspected cardiac arrest in London, nearby GoodSAM registered first-aiders are automatically alerted.
As reported in Ambulance Today, Rachel Love and Andrew Larby were running a training session for community first responders Bromley ambulance station, when they were alerted to the cardiac arrest at a nearby church hall via GoodSAM.
The pair rushed to the scene to find a 53-year-old man being given cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by another member of the taekwondo club. They used the automated external defibrillator (AED), which they had with them because of the training session, to deliver an electric shock to the man’s heart.
They then administered five more rounds of CPR which revived the casualty just as London Ambulance Service paramedics arrived at the scene. The casualty was taken to hospital where he made a good recovery after undergoing angioplasty. He was fit enough to return to work in London last week.
There are over 8000 registered GoodSAM responders across the UK. These are often medical professionals like Rachel and Andrew, but they are also people like me who have a First Aid at Work qualification.
Last week, I was told by someone working for an ambulance trust that now that technology like GoodSAM has been invented, they cannot ethically refuse to use it.
That’s why Nesta and the Cabinet Office are also helping the North West Ambulance Service and the East Midlands Ambulance Service integrate GoodSAM into their 999 systems. Both of these trusts should be live before the end of the year. And through our Accelerating Ideas fund, Nesta and the Big Lottery Fund are helping GoodSAM to scale nationwide.
We want to ensure that everyone in the UK has the best chance of surviving a medical emergency. This will be first of many lives saved by GoodSAM.
Image credit: Ivan Bandura, Creative Commons license.