Good Sam (A potentially life saving app) @ Free for android and iOS
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Good Sam (A potentially life saving app) @ Free for android and iOS

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Found 3rd JanEdited by:"matwalaboy"
Not a deal by any stretch of imagination, but more of an awareness thing - one that can potentially be life saving for someone in real need of medical attention.

GoodSAM connects those in need with those in the local community with life saving skills to help until the emergency services arrive. By alerting first aid trained bystanders to local incidents, GoodSAM aims to prevent the irreparable brain and heart damage which all to frequently occurs during a cardiac arrest or traumatic incident. Opening an airway and giving basic life support can radically alter the outcome for these patients.

When patients suffer a head injury they often stop breathing although their brain is actually not itself injured. Opening an airway and giving basic life support can radically alter the outcome for these patients. The problem has been finding people who can do this, alerting them and rapidly getting them to the patients.

There are, of course, thousands of people with such skills; off-duty doctors, nurses, police officers, first aiders are all "Good Samaritans" who are simply unaware of the emergency going on next door or outside their building. The Good SAM App uses the technology that can notify these people and help the person in need.


Free android download play.google.com/sto…_GB
Free iOS download itunes.apple.com/gb/…=8

Featured on the BBC Hacks show last month
Also on aPlus and The Times

Going by the reviews, its still slightly rough on the edges, but even if it comes to the rescue of one person in need and saves a life, its more than enough reason to be here to build some awareness IMHO.
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Are these crowd checked as secure? You don't want some clown trying to do open heart surgery on the pavement when they have a string of convictions and done time at Lizzy's pleasure! Also hopefully no halitosis....
Other than that have some heat!
maffeycourt13 m ago

Are these crowd checked as secure? You don't want some clown trying to do …Are these crowd checked as secure? You don't want some clown trying to do open heart surgery on the pavement when they have a string of convictions and done time at Lizzy's pleasure! Also hopefully no halitosis....Other than that have some heat!


There is a formal registration process for the first-aiders/doctors/nurses/fire-fighters and others skilled in providing first-aid, which while could be an entry deterrent, but rightly so is an essential thing and acts as a check to ensure that the folks claiming to be experts are vetted.
Similar one - ALERTER
How would location work? Does the App require GPS on all the time?
canitrunbattlefield21 m ago

How would location work? Does the App require GPS on all the time?


I would think so yes, although in a real emergency situation its mostly the bystanders who would call for help - as the person in need may not be in a position to do so, and in such cases the app is being used and hence location permission aka GPS when using the app would be granted.
matwalaboy28 m ago

I would think so yes, although in a real emergency situation its mostly …I would think so yes, although in a real emergency situation its mostly the bystanders who would call for help - as the person in need may not be in a position to do so, and in such cases the app is being used and hence location permission aka GPS when using the app would be granted.


Sorry what I meant was, as a provider, will the phone need to be running GPS (and presumably the App tracking its every move) while waiting for something to happen?

And shouldn't a person call for help by 999 rather than using an App which may or may not find help around?
canitrunbattlefield5 m ago

Sorry what I meant was, as a provider, will the phone need to be running …Sorry what I meant was, as a provider, will the phone need to be running GPS (and presumably the App tracking its every move) while waiting for something to happen?And shouldn't a person call for help by 999 rather than using an App which may or may not find help around?


If I understand this correct, the way it works is - you see someone in dire need of help - you report/alert via the app - medics/paramedics/people registered on the app and trained to provide such first-aid help who happen to be in the vicinity get notified and can get to the spot to administer the help needed, while the 999 support arrives.

This isn't meant to be a replacement for 999 - but more so to cover for the time it usually takes for the 999 call to be processed, an ambulance despatched etc. Remember most fatalities in emergencies happen because of the lack of first aid in the initial few minutes of the incident.

Hope that clarifies.

P.S. I am in no ways affiliated with the app or qualified enough to make a fully informed comment about the usual response time of 999 - I am just speaking from my little knowledge of these things based on my readings and following the news.
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