Two mobile apps could help save heart attack victims in France

Two mobile phone apps give people in need of emergency first aid a lifeline beyond calling an ambulance.

SAUV Life and Staying Alive share the same goal of starting first aid earlier, especially for victims of cardiac arrest.

Quick response saves lives

The first was developed by an association made up of members of the SAMU emergency teams found in most hospitals.

He claims that heart attacks kill 40,000 people a year in France, with the chances of survival decreasing by 10% per minute without cardiac massage.

The average response time after an emergency call is 13 minutes.

Ambulance dispatched to phone location

The SAUV Life app, which is free to download, sends text alerts to people near a heart attack victim, or where someone is bleeding heavily.

This allows them to step in and begin CPR or stop the bleeding before uniformed first responders arrive.

If necessary, advice will be given.

The app also allows users to quickly call emergency services, with the phone’s location transmitted to the control center.

The app finds the nearest defibrillator

Staying Alive, which was developed earlier, has the same functions but users must have completed first aid training before being directed to an intervention.

It indicates that it lists 120,000 defibrillators worldwide, including 75,000 in France, and claims that the application is used in 60 departments. Download here.

Legal issue

In December, SAUV Life was ordered to pay damages to the owner of Staying Alive for illegally using its database of defibrillators.

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