SMS Lifesaver App

In cooperation with the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet, UMS - an Everbridge Company, has developed and implemented a new smartphone application for the Swedish market. The SMS Lifesaver App makes it possible for volunteer lifesavers located near a sudden cardiac arrest to be notified. They are either sent to pick up the nearest defibrillator or directly to where the cardiac arrest has taken place to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The SMS Lifesaver App is a further development of the successful Swedish project "SMSLifesaver"; where 13,000 volunteer lifesavers in Stockholm are given the opportunity to save lives if there is a sudden cardiac arrest in their area. Their mobile phone alerts them to be dispatched to perform CPR and the new app gives additional instructions about where the nearest defibrillator can be retrieved. The first evaluation of the project showed that the proportion of patients who receive aid and CPR increased by 30% when using SMS to alert volunteers. This result was published in New England Journal of Medicine, the world's leading medical journal.

"Many lives could be saved if more of the thousands of defibrillators that exists would be used when a cardiac arrest occurs. The smart phone development within GPS technology and new map features, where the nearest defibrillator can be shown, is going to lead a significantly higher number of patients getting help quickly with the help of defibrillators", says Mattias Ringha, a cardiologist and researcher at the Center for Resuscitation Science at Karolinska Institutet.

Facts about cardiac arrest in Sweden

  • 10,000 Swedes get cardiac arrest outside hospitals each year, but only about 10% survive.
  • 70% of people survive when a defibrillator is used immediately.
  • There are an estimated 35,000 defibrillators located in public places in Sweden.
  • A defibrillator gives self-explanatory instructions and can be used by anyone.
  • A defibrillator cannot do damage.

About the CPR Council in Sweden
The council's goal is to save lives through optimal management of people undergoing cardiac arrest and to support beneficial research.
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