An App with the potential to revolutionise care in life-threatening emergencies all through Wales, is being launched in partnership with the Welsh Ambulance Service at the moment (Thursday, November 1st 2018).

GoodSAM is a pioneering app and internet primarily based platform, which alerts skilled and verified Responders to close by medical emergencies, serving to to radically cut back demise from life-threatening sicknesses similar to cardiac arrest.

Proof reveals that response time is a essential think about cardiac arrest and with the ability to alert volunteer GoodSAM Responders to shortly attend close by emergencies, in help of the Ambulance service, will assist to save lots of lives.

The extremely ruled GoodSAM system works by asking Welsh Ambulance Service Workers and Neighborhood First Responders, to enroll as volunteer GoodSAM Responders. From at the moment, when a life threatening medical emergency name is acquired within the Welsh Ambulance Service Management Room or via the GoodSAM app, an alert is shipped to as much as three GoodSAM Responders who’re nearest the incident asking them to attend the scene. The GoodSAM Responders are additionally in a position to decide the placement of the closest defibrillator via the GoodSAM AED Registry

The system doesn’t substitute the function of the Welsh Ambulance Service, with its personal crews persevering with to be dispatched and reply within the regular approach.

In 2016-17, the Welsh Ambulance Service attended over 5800 cardiac arrests, the place resuscitation was tried in 2832 instances. The UK common reveals lower than 10% of sufferers survive. For each trauma and cardiac arrest, the foremost determinant of consequence is time to remedy, and the earlier efficient Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is began, the higher the prospect of survival. For each minute delay, a affected person’s probabilities of survival fall by 10%*. If a defibrillator is available, sufferers are six instances as prone to survive.

By facilitating speedy administration of top quality resuscitation by the neighborhood, the influence of GoodSAM is doubtlessly sport altering for cardiac arrest survival charges throughout Wales.

Greg Lloyd, Head of Medical for the Welsh Ambulance Service, mentioned: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the GoodSAM group.  It’s a well-established proven fact that the earlier efficient CPR is began, the higher the prospect of survival for the affected person. Getting a defibrillator to somebody in cardiac arrest shortly, considerably will increase their likelihood of survival. Working with GoodSAM will give us an built-in strategy to alerting our volunteer responders to a close-by cardiac arrest, the place they’ll provide doubtlessly life-saving assist. That may, undoubtedly, be a serious asset.”

“It is very important stress that the GoodSAM system is an extra useful resource to the emergency ambulance response, and never a substitute for it. Our crews will proceed to be dispatched and reply as emergency groups to reviews of a affected person in cardiac arrest in the way in which we already do.”

Co-founded by Professor Mark Wilson, Neurosurgery Guide and London Air Ambulance Physician, and Ali Ghorbangholi, an Digital Engineer, Huge Knowledge and Cloud Architect, GoodSAM has, since its launch, quickly grown into a worldwide neighborhood working in over 30 nations and is endorsed by the UK Resuscitation Council.

Professor Mark Wilson, GoodSAM’s Medical Director and Co-Founder, mentioned: “If a affected person has a cardiac arrest or a traumatic head damage, it’s the first jiffy after the incident that decide the result – life, demise, or long-term mind damage”. 

“There are first-aid skilled individuals throughout us, however often the primary they know of a neighbour having a cardiac arrest is when an ambulance seems of their avenue. If they might know, and begin CPR instantly for even the jiffy previous to the ambulance arriving, the probabilities of survival for that affected person could be significantly elevated. GoodSAM now makes this potential, connecting these individuals who have the talents to the general public of their minute of want.”

Ali Ghorbangholi, Technical Director and Co-Founder mentioned: “The expertise has already been efficiently built-in in UK Ambulance Providers similar to London, East Midlands and North West Ambulance Service and has greater than proved its price in saving lives. Now the individuals of Wales are set to profit from the revolutionary expertise.”

Due to funding from the Cupboard Workplace and Huge Lottery Fund, GoodSAM has helped to revolutionise care in life threatening emergencies and it’s anticipated the App expertise shall be working UK-wide by 2019.

The Welsh Ambulance Service continues to work in partnership with Welsh Authorities and third sector companions to try to ship the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest technique in Wales.

How the GoodSAM App works

In a life threatening emergency anybody calls an Ambulance Service built-in with GoodSAM and reviews signs that are prone to be or change into a cardiac arrest, triggers an alert to the GoodSAM platform. GoodSAM is a worldwide neighborhood of round 40,000 first support skilled professionals who’ve downloaded the GoodSAM Responder app and are keen to offer help within the first view minutes earlier than Ambulance Service arrival. By harnessing the CPR expertise locally and mixing this with the world’s largest AED Registry, GoodSAM is on a mission to save lots of lives following cardiac arrest.

When a GoodSAM Responder receives an alert, utilizing the app they’ll both settle for the request for assist or reject it if they’re unavailable – attendance is solely non-compulsory and doesn’t have an effect on the Ambulance, which is on its approach within the normal approach. In the event that they reject the request or don’t reply inside 20 seconds, the following nearest Responder is alerted.

The app guides the GoodSAM Responder to the precise location of the affected person and identifies the place the closest defibrillator is positioned.

As soon as on scene, a GoodSAM Responder can start performing fundamental first support and life help, as applicable, earlier than handing over the Ambulance Service.

There’s a agency governance course of in place and all responders are verified earlier than being enrolled on the system. The platform is stay internationally and have saved lives globally.



When somebody goes into cardiac arrest, each minute with out CPR and defibrillation reduces their probabilities of survival by 10%

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electrical shock to the center when somebody is having a cardiac arrest and there are a rising variety of defibrillators obtainable in public locations for first aiders to make use of in an emergency

The GoodSAM app can pinpoint the closest defibrillator primarily based on identified info. Whether or not a GoodSAM Responder or Alerter, customers of the app can add to this Register, making it probably the most complete and dependable supply of defibrillator info. There are over 40,000 AEDs on the system globally. GoodSAM can also be residence to the world’s first cell AED monitoring system. Many AEDs aren’t in fastened areas however within the boots of individuals’s automotive or carried with them as a part of an expert responsibility. GoodSAM Responders can point out once they have an AED on them and seem on the system as a cell AED Responder – connecting close by AEDs with those that want them locally.

GoodSAM customers add to the GoodSAM Registry just by taking a photograph of the defibrillator in its fastened location and importing via both the Responder or Alerter app. Customers are requested to offer particulars similar to entry instances and placement info. All AEDs are verified earlier than being uploaded on to the system.  They find and add them to the app, noting their kind, situation and most significantly their accessibility.

*British Coronary heart Basis Knowledge


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