The GoodSAM app originated in the United Kingdom and was introduced by Ambulance Victoria in January 2018 in conjunction with the Register My AED database.
The lifesaving app connects people in cardiac arrest with first aid qualified responders to provide critical help while emergency services are on the way. Lives have been saved as a result.
Following a Triple Zero call (000), the app alerts nearby trusted responders, giving them the location of the patient and also the location of the nearest available defibrillator (AED).
The closest available ambulance is simultaneously sent to the patient, and in some parts of Victoria the fire brigade is also dispatched. Meanwhile, the GoodSAM responder can provide CPR and, if possible, make use of the nearest available defibrillator – giving the patient a greater chance of survival.
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