Your smartphone can save someone's life
Anna Duława 1  
,   Ariel Plewka 2  
,   Marek Jędrzejek 3  
,   Katarzyna Rybczyk 3  
,   Adam Właszczuk 4  
,   Joanna Lewin-Kowalik 4  
 
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Katedra i Klinika Anestezjologii i Intensywnej Terapii Wydziału Lekarskiego w Katowicach, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
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Katedra i Oddział Kliniczny Kardiochirurgii i Transplantologii, Śląskie Centrum Chorób Serca, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
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STN przy Katedrze i Klinice Anestezjologii i Intensywnej Terapii Wydziału Lekarskiego w Katowicach, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
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Katedra i Zakład Fizjologii Wydziału Lekarskiego w Katowicach, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
CORRESPONDING AUTHOR
Ariel Plewka   

Katedra i Oddział Kliniczny Kardiochirurgii i Transplantologii, Śląskie Centrum Chorób Serca, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach, ul. Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 9, 41-800 Zabrze, tel. 32 208 87 75
 
Ann. Acad. Med. Siles. 2016;70:172–176
 
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Introduction:
Each year in Europe there are about 350 thousand deaths recorded, following sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). To reduce this number, new methods are being looked for to assist non-medical people in CPR. The objective of this contribution is to compare the efficacy of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and its compliance with the BLS algorithm in persons showing no medical background, using generally available means of support.

Material and methods:
The conducted randomized pilot study comprised 50 volunteers with no medical background. The participants were randomized into two test groups. Group 1 – with smartphone applications, Group 2 – no support.

Results:
The persons making use of mobile application support showed better compliance with the initial steps of the algorithm. Improved chest compression quality was also observed, in particular regarding the cHOT parameter. Statistically, the application users also proved better in evaluating the victim’s breathing.

Conclusions:
A smartphone application may be helpful in first aid procedures performed by people with no medical background, mainly for the common use of this type of mobile phones. It is recommended to extend the scope of knowledge of AED defibrillators.

 
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