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Cambridgeshire officers administer successful CPR with GoodSAM app

Cambridgeshire officers have been using the GoodSAM cardiac alerting app which tells them when they are in the vicinity of someone who needs CPR.

Beds, Cambs and Herts officers have administered successful CPR on 16 occasions to date – enabling patients to be transported to hospital alive for urgent medical treatment.

They have been able to do so thanks to the GoodSAM cardiac alerting app which will send alerts out to people within 800 metres of someone in suspected cardiac arrest.

For a notification to come through, the ambulance service would have already been alerted by a 999 call – and the app does not replace the ambulance response.

One of the key features of the app is that it has really precise location services. 

Officers could voluntary download the app – and Hertfordshire had previously told Police Oracle that if an officer is on duty and dealing with a live incident when they receive an alert – they can seek instant advice from the control room who will conduct a risk assessment and tell them which to prioritise.

Officers can ‘reject’ the call, and the alert would go to the next nearest first aid responder. 

GoodSAM can also be used by members of the public.

Just last week, a Cambridgeshire PC was off-duty when he received an alert.

PC Pete Sharp said: “I was off duty and picked up my personal phone to turn it to silent when I heard the siren noise from the app.

“When I arrived at the scene there was a man on the floor with a defibrillator nearby and people giving him CPR.

“I continued CPR for about ten minutes and gave him two more shocks with the defibrillator. Soon after this, paramedics arrived and took over from me.

“They told me we had managed to get a good rhythm back in his heart and CPR could be stopped. The man’s family were so grateful to me for my help and he was taken to hospital.”

Sergeant Chris Postill from the Beds, Cambs and Herts digital policing team said: “The success of this scheme is testament to the enthusiasm of officers and their willingness to respond - often while off duty - to calls for help.

“Pete’s actions are a shining example of this and go to show how use of innovative technology in the hands of those with the right skills can protect the lives of those in the communities we serve.”

Forces are using the app, which is free to download for officers,for various functions - the GoodSAM Instant-On-Scene platform allows people to stream live video and share their precise location with force control rooms through a mobile device, without needing an app. It is credited with saving a number of lives and hundreds of hours of officers’ time.

The platform also provides forces with other capabilities, such as the ability for officers to live stream video from their phones into the control room and to colleagues.

It integrates with drones, allowing live aerial video to be viewed immediately by officers on the ground, and a “consultation” feature allows officers to invite members of the public to a multi-way video call, for use in situations where it might not be appropriate to visit in person.

Cheshire, for example, have their call handlers using the app, and with the permission of the service user, they can access the phone camera of the person calling to assess scenes better and equip response officers with more information of the incident.

Other forces are using it for missing persons, CSI scene assessment and domestic violence reports.

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