GoodSAM Responder in 3 Easy Steps!
One of our aims at Cardiac Safe is to help provide for the community and grow the GoodSAM Responder base. Even more Australians can still survive out of hospital cardiac arrests with the implementation of systems like GoodSAM. See our previous article on Hands Only CPR here.
If you haven’t already signed up as a responder download on Apple or Android devices and sign up here with Cardiac Safe as your verifying organisation, Cardiac Safe is a verifying organisation in QLD Australia.
With systems like GoodSAM we hope to increase survival rates for out of hospital cardiac arrests, with Early CPR and defibrillation we can improve outcomes. An additional 12,000 people could survive out of hospital cardiac arrests annually in Australia with a system like Seattle (currently 62% survival rate) where more bystander intervention occurs with early CPR and high public access to AED devices. This is our chain of survival, Early Access, CPR and Defibrillation can more than double survival rates.
The GoodSAM app has a register of over 40,000 public access defibrillators to which responders can also register a device. The aim of any CPR training is that should a person be in need, they can receive this important link in the chain of survival. Technology is making this easier by providing information like the location of an available AED and alerting nearby responders who can provide assistance in the event of an emergency. Many organisations are now seeing the benefit in sourcing a defibrillator for their workplace, sporting club, and other organisations. Some individuals even keep an AED with them in the event that it may be used on a loved one or nearby neighbor. Pricing can start at as little as $1995.00 AUD and should you use it on a member within the community, those who have purchased an AED through Stryker are fostered into the Forward Hearts Program automatically (download PDF here) this means you will receive a replacement battery and pads for your device FREE!
Often when teaching CPR we have to change the perception of learners who always imagine we are performing CPR in dark alleys and under conspicuous circumstances, they think of vomit and people are reluctant to provide care. In fact, we are more likely to provide CPR or some sort of First Aid to people we know, be it family members, work colleagues and friends. This is what the GoodSAM app is about, improving the community response.
In other parts of Australia, GoodSAM has been integrated with emergency services and provides alerts to responders when a person dials 000. The example of Keith Young (click here for the full story) in Melbourne who received CPR from an off-duty paramedic Darren when he became unconscious. The kind of response we see in this example can only come from the community. It may take upwards of fifteen minutes or more before access to health care providers is available. Without an AED available the role of CPR is simply to keep the person alive with oxygenated blood by pumping it around the body with high-quality compression. Currently, in Queensland, GoodSAM relies on the Alerter app to notify nearby responders, with enough growth and awareness, Cardiac Safe hopes that we can adopt a system like Victoria where responders are automatically notified anytime a person calls triple zero.
Any person who completes First Aid or CPR training with Cardiac Safe can join the GoodSAM responder community under our name as their verifying organisation. The process may take some time (72 hours maximum) however once approved you will be able to sign into the responder application on your iPhone or Android device. From here you can open the app at your discretion and accept alerts at your discretion. Just remember to follow DRSABCD just like you’ve been trained in the event of attending an emergency.