Fortunately, experts from Sweden have already thought of that and have developed an application that enables people who know how to perform CPR save a person who suffers from a cardiac arrest.
This application is easy to use and to set up. If a person nearby suffers from a cardiac arrest, the phone can alert you through a message and give you the chance to go to the scene and try to resuscitate him or her.
The researchers used the GPS technology that phones have to build the application and it is designed to notify volunteers within about a third of a mile.
Its first trial, carried out in Stockholm, showed that it raised bystander CPR by 30 percent. “Traditional methods such as mass public training, which are now used throughout the world, are important but have not shown any evidence of a similar increase,” said Dr. Jacob Hollenberg ,who spoke about the results the application had.
Thus, it is once again proved that technology can be put to very good use and help people increase their chances of survival if they get help while the ambulance is on its way.
The study involved more than 6,000 people who knew how to perform CPR but were not part of the medical system.
The application enabled bystanders to administer CPR in 68 percent of the time, compared to 48 percent without the phone app.
Such a system could prove very useful, given the fact that more than 90 percent of the people who suffer from cardiac arrest will die unless they are in a hospital. Until now, it was reported that only 30 percent of those who have a heart attack receive CPR from people who are nearby.
It was stated that more than 350,000 people suffer a heart attack while they are not in a hospital and most of them die. Such an application could significantly improve their chances of survival.
The application is not yet available on the market but, hopefully, there are many people out there eager to get their hands on it and implement it.
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