A new mobile CPR app saves lives with just an SMS, new study confirms after medical experts have compared the data withdrawn from the last years. Statistics show that the chances of survival of the men who suffer cardiac arrest have more than doubled after the new messaging service has been adopted.
The medical system in Stockholm has decided to test a new application to see whether the survival rates of patients can be improved. The messaging service presupposes that by passers get notified via an SMS whenever a person suffers a cardiac arrest in public spaces.
Individuals, who received these mobile notifications may choose to provide first aid or not, depending on whether they are familiar with medical practices or not. Most of the times, by passers have to carry out CPR maneuvers before the ambulance arrives, so the patient’s condition would be restored.
By comparing the data registered since the mobile app has been adopted with previous cases of cardiac arrest, scientists discovered that patients who received CPR outside hospital facilities had better health results. The number of surviving patients almost doubled in this case; therefore, medical experts have concluded that offering by passers the possibility to save lives will have a positive outcome in the future.
The mobile app called SMS Lifesavers has been successfully implemented in several northern states and it could soon be adopted by many other countries. The study presupposes the analyses of 30,000 cases of cardiac arrest registered in the past months. 10,000 trained civilians were included in the mobile service system and were notified when a new incident took place.
Even though the messaging service has increased survival chances by 30 percent, doctors think only trained volunteers should take part in the program. In their opinion, regular civilians might fail to provide the necessary medical care to save the lives of cardiac arrest patients. Since risks would increase, medical experts prefer to give this responsibility to people who have worked in a medical environment before.
This messaging service is not at all new to volunteers working at the Red Cross. The organization has implemented a similar SMS-based program a long time before. They mainly use it, so trained volunteers could perform first aid maneuvers on patients before paramedics arrive.
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