Sauv Life, the app that saves lives

The vast majority of cardiac accidents occur in the home (75%). A figure that confirms that the survival rate depends on the speed of response in providing assistance. A new application is gradually appearing in all French SAMU to help save lives: Sauv Life. It makes it possible to trigger the intervention of volunteer citizen-rescuers for victims of cardiac arrests.
En April 2018, one study conducted by a team from the University of Lille revealed 46,000 cardiac arrests per year in France. The average age of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest is 68 years. 63 % of the victims are men, 75% of the cases occur at home, 1.8% of the cases are children under 15 years old. The 30-day survival rate is 4.9%, increasing to 10.4% when CPR was performed immediately after loss of consciousness.
A new tool has been initiated by the SAMU, aimed at initiating survival actions as quickly as possible even before the arrival of help, in this situation where every minute counts: the application Sauv Life.
Cardiac arrest kills almost 50,000 people a year in France. Survival decreases by 10% for every minute spent without cardiac massage, whereas on average, rescue is provided after 13 minutes. Immediate intervention by a citizen shortens the time and contributes to saving lives.
By putting technology at the service of humans, this application is based on two essential notions: mutual aid and solidarity.
His principle? The application geolocates, in real time, volunteer citizens who can be mobilized and who move not far from the victim before the arrival of the help dispatched by the regulating doctors of the SAMU. By carrying out the first emergency gestures, these citizen rescuers will gain precious minutes that will increase the victim's chances of survival.
Trained or not, health professional or not, each citizen can act at his own level by downloading this free application: "every citizen, trained or not, who downloads the application is a potential rescuer in case of cardiac arrest. The objective is to save time to save lives by improving the chain of survival and the extremely poor prognosis of cardiac arrest". 
Cardiac massage is used to circulate blood through the body and continue to supply oxygen to vital organs. Improving the speed of intervention for victims of cardiac arrest is a real challenge and a major public health issue.

How does it work?

When the EMS receives an emergency call (on the call number 15) for a cardiac arrest, the EMS medical regulation team sends the medical teams of the SMUR and the fire rescue services to the scene and triggers the application Sauv Life.
The application geo-locates citizen volunteers belonging to the community Sauv Life who are less than a ten-minute walk from the site of the cardiac emergency. She notifies them of the emergency by text message and directs them to the victim, if the volunteer is available to assist.
Once on site, the volunteer is guided both by the application and by the EMS who gives instructions on how to practice life-saving gestures. 
Citizen rescuers carry out the survival gestures until the arrival of the rescuers who then take over from the victim. Sauv Life guides these volunteers to a defibrillator (they are listed on the app) and to the victim for a massage and/or defibrillator use before professional help is on hand
"The more people who register, the greater the chances of survival for the victims, underlines Lionel Lamhaut, emergency doctor of the SAMU 75 who initiated the project of the application.
Application which is already deployed in several SAMU in France and is available for free on download platforms. Google play and App Store.
Sauv Life has been validated by learned societies other than the SAMU: Urgences de France, French Society of Emergency Medicine and French Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee. On the private partner side, it has the support of Uber, which financed the technical development, as well as the Galeries Lafayette group. To date, it claims more than 65,000 registered patients.
The association's next objective is to set up a videoconference between the Samu's regulating doctor and the citizen's helper in order to further increase the effectiveness of the intervention.

A new status in sight: citizen rescuer

On February 19, the National Assembly unanimously adopted - in first reading - a law proposal of the majority aimed at combating sudden death and raising awareness of life-saving actions, notably with the creation of the status of "citizen rescuer". This was a request from many first aid associations.
The law aims to make more French people aware of life-saving gestures: knowing how to alert, performing cardiac massage and using a defibrillator. After three minutes without massage, brain damage is irreversible. "Clearly, the person next to the victim is the only one who can perform the first steps, explains Jean-Charles Colas-Roy, LREM deputy from Isère, who is defending this bill.
A role that the elected representatives want to make sacred with this new status, signifying its importance and protecting it. For the MEP, this statute is important to indicate to the citizens that there is no risk in practising first aid. It is better to do wrong than to do nothing. And this "citizen rescuer" cannot be prosecuted if things go wrong: "The point is to affirm that he is exempt from liability for unintentional harm. The citizen who acts cannot make the situation worse! "An exemption therefore from any civil liability of persons helping a victim of heart disease.
It thus wants to "better train citizens" throughout their lives: in primary school (certificate in CM2), in secondary school, when obtaining a driving licence, in the workplace, etc. The MPs are proposing a two-hour awareness-raising course, which is less restrictive and costly (around 40 euros per person) than "complete" training courses.
Everyone is concerned, but also company employees before retirement, and sports referees. "Today, only 30 % of the French are trained, assures the MP LREM. The objective is to reach 80 % in the next few years, and this bill is part of that goal. » Moreover, in a few hours, an apprentice can easily become familiar with the practice of cardiac massage, the use of the lateral safety position or the handling of a defibrillator.
Objective: to increase the survival rate of victims from 3 to 10 % within ten years and avoid fatality. « The prospect of the 2024 Olympics allows us to imagine a prevention campaign in sports clubs. 800 sudden deaths occur during sports practice.. "said Hugues Renson, LREM deputy from Paris and vice-president of the National Assembly.

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