The speed at which lifesaving care can be delivered varies incredibly the world over. The UK has some of the fastest ambulance response times in the world, however in London, a first responder only arrives within 8 minutes to an immediately life threatening call 70% of the time and outside of London this is only achieved in 50% of calls. In such events this can be too late; irreparable brain and heart damage can occur within a couple of minutes. When patients suffer a head injury they often stop breathing although their brain is actually not itself injured. Opening an airway and giving basic life support can radically alter the outcome for these patients. The problem has been finding people who can do this, alerting them and rapidly getting them to the patients. There are, of course, thousands of people with such skills; off-duty doctors, nurses, police officers, first aiders are all "Good Samaritans" who are simply unaware of the emergency going on next door or outside their building. The Good SAM App uses the technology that can notify these people and help the person in need. Who Are We? Good SAM is a community of people – Good Samaritans – happy to assist if they are the closest person to a medical emergency. They are trained in first aid and may have additional skills. They can maintain an airway, help stop bleeding and, if necessary, perform life saving, high quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or use a defibrillator. The "SAM" in the name not only refers to Samaritan, but is also an acronym for “Smartphone Activated Medics”. What Are The Apps ? We are publishing two applications; GoodSAM Alerter and GoodSAM Responder. The GoodSAM Alerter app uses locational services to track the location of a person in need of a help; after a call is triggered we know exactly where the person is located. On the other hand, the GoodSAM Responder app continuously sends locational updates to our server to allow the location of volunteer doctors/first-aiders to be tracked so they can be notified of any emergencies occurring around them. For more information please refer to "www.goodsamapp.org". Which Countries Are Supported ? Our aim is to potentially cover all the large cities around the globe. You need to download this app if you are a member of public.
What's new in this version
Thanks for being a GoodSAM Alerter! As an alerter you are key to getting help from surrounding trained personnel. But there’s so much more you can do! With the defibrilocator you can upload fixed public access defibrillators – helping even before a life-threatening emergency occurs. There are loads of new features on GoodSAM! These include: • Single sign on (with Google plus, Facebook and LinkedIn) • Nearest Defibrillator display • Alter your profile (if it’s you that’s ill, this tells the responder important medical information about you) • The App works worldwide – so if on holiday and you don’t know the emergency number – just open the app and hit call for help. It knows where you are and the number to dial! The responder network is growing rapidly and comprises volunteer doctors, nurses, paramedics and first aiders (when active they are not working as part of the statutory emergency response services). Pressing the alert button alerts the nearest 3 people and simultaneously dials for the emergency services. It is for use in life threatening emergencies. Think of it as shouting for help – really loudly, through walls or in the parallel street… Immediate high quality CPR and early defibrillation makes a massive difference in cardiac arrest. Please consider training yourself – either through your local community first responder service or one of the courses, for example, run by St John Ambulance / the Red Cross. Thanks again – keep spreading the word!