A CPR app is undergoing development and crowdsourcing efforts in a move to create some excitement behind mobile technology that could save lives. The app would quickly connect people to others who know CPR in their area. In a sense, it would be like a social CPR app that would keep a database of those who are certified to perform CPR. The app is one that studies have found would have a profound impact on saving lives and those who go through cardiac arrest.
A recently published study showed that 92% of those who go into cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting will die before they can get help. Jacob Hollenberg who leads research at Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institute said in a statement that, “Traditional methods such as mass public training, which are now used throughout the world, are important but have not shown any evidence of [an] increase,” in the number of lives saved. On the other side of this issue, he went on in his statement, pointing out that, “The new mobile phone text-message alert system shows convincingly that new technology can be used to ensure that more people receive life-saving treatment as they wait for an ambulance.”
The app works by using the GPS in the activated phone to locate someone close-by to administer CPR. Now, the study also found that there was significant improvement and correlating rates of success in using this app. The study found that when not using the app there was a 48% rate of someone in the region administering CPR. However, when the app was active and being used the success rate of finding someone near by to execute the CPR was 62%.
Ultimately, this app is about getting more people connected and getting resources connected. However, some have suggested that there could be some legal problems associated with this, such as liability concerns. One major cause for concern, with those who might encounter these types of events, and be certified to administer CPR is the potential legal action that could come their way after administering CPR.
Jacob Hollenburg of the same instituation pointed out that, “The new mobile phone text-message alert system shows convincingly that new technology can be used to ensure that more people receive life-saving treatment as they wait for an ambulance.” He went on to point out that, “Both these studies clearly show that cardiopulmonary resuscitation is an effective, life-saving treatment, and that further encouragement must be given to respond swiftly on suspected cardiac arrest.”
Dr. Leif Svensson, who is a cardiologist at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm pointed out a situaiton he had gone through, where this technology would have saved a life. He said that while he was on a bus, nearly ten years earlier, there was someone just outside who had encountered cardiac arrest. He said, “Nobody on the bus, including myself, saw this.” He went on to point out that, “I was sitting approximately 10 to 15 feet from the place where she had her cardiac arrest.”