An app which gives cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) steering reported a 1,300 per cent enhance in downloads following Danish soccer star Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest at Euro 2020.
The Save a Life app, developed by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), additionally locates the closest automated exterior defibrillator.
Yearly round 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen, with only one in 10 individuals surviving to hospital discharge. Nevertheless, a current report from the Nationwide Confidential Enquiry into Affected person End result and Loss of life discovered that 35.5% of sufferers who obtained CPR from a bystander survived to be discharged.
The swift motion of Inter Milan star Erikson’s teammates and medics meant that he had entry to life-saving help swiftly.
Nicola Dunbar, head of group engagement and coaching at SCAS, stated: “This was a stark reminder of the moment and impromptu nature of cardiac arrests and highlighted the significance of fast pondering – the decisive interventions by all concerned saved the participant’s life.”
Final 12 months, SCAS information discovered requests for coaching and data on tips on how to carry out CPR and use a defibrillator was down 67% final 12 months and 86.5% this 12 months within the South Central area, in comparison with pre-Covid ranges.
The pandemic has negatively impacted on group engagement and coaching occasions, which means SCAS has not seen its ordinary stage of night lessons and little one and youth periods. The knock-on impact has been falling public consciousness of CPR and fewer requests for coaching.
Dunbar continued: “The curiosity we at the moment are seeing in our supplies is already addressing this, although, and is an instance of the way in which Christian’s private story is already making optimistic change. From having his personal life saved, he’ll little doubt now save the lives of many others.”
This information comes simply months after a 61-year-old man grew to become the primary affected person on the Royal Free London to obtain a brand new sort of implantable defibrillator that makes use of Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app.