The brain child of Xtreme Everest Brain research lead Dr Mark Wilson and Ali Ghorbangholi, GoodSAM is a not-for-profit social enterprise set up to work with ambulance and pre-hospital services to enable qualified bystanders to provide life saving care in emergencies. Their one mission is to save lives.

Mark says ‘I see patients all the time who have had a bang on the head and stop breathing. Get them on ventilation and they’re fine, but sometimes, by the time they get to us, they’ve ended up with a hypoxic brain injury. The answer to that isn’t better training - it’s just getting someone with the relevant medical training to them quicker. If you have an accident like that, there are bound to be thousands of people around you trained to help, but they just don’t know where to find you.

It is thought that you are never more then 200 meters away from someone who can perform life saving first aid, yet still only 10% of patients who have a cardiac arrest on the street will survive compared with 50% in a hospital situation. In a medical emergency where the heart's function or the ability to breathe is affected, seconds count. It's critical that CPR (chest compressions and rescue breaths) along with defibrillation are given in the first three to four minutes.

By downloading the GoodSAM app, you can help either to alert medical professionals to an emergency or be a responder at an emergency. Either way, you can help to save someone's life.

How does it work?

A patient or an untrained bystander can trigger an alert. When triggered it then asks whether they have called for the emergency services and informs the patient that an emergency call can be placed if required. Meanwhile, the nearest few responders are alerted.

How do I become a responder?

You will first need to register on the GoodSAM website, giving details of your qualifications. In order to be a GoodSAM responder, you will need to have advanced or basic life saving training. This will then activate a code which will allow you to log in to the website. You will also need to download the GoodSAM Responder app, which is available on Windows, Android and Apple phones.

If you are a patient or bystander, you can register on the GoodSAM website. Here you will be able to log details of your medical condition which can help a responder in an emergency. Again, you will be given an activation code which will allow you to access the website. You will also need to download the GoodSAM Alerter app, which is available on Windows, Android and Apple phones.

To find out more information about GoodSAM and register, visit their website

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