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First aid? There’s an app for that

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June 08, 2018

The new Ambulance Australia smartphone app, called GoodSAM, is a must-have for Heathcote locals.

AN APP that has already saved two Victorian lives is available and ready for download.

The new Ambulance Australia smartphone app, called GoodSAM, is a must-have for Heathcote locals.

With the app, you can find the closest person who is able to help in an emergency situation. The time saved may be critical in saving a life.

The app is rolling out after a four-month pilot phase where more than 1,100 Ambulance Victoria paramedics registered as GoodSAM responders.

An army of responders is set to grow into the thousands as registrations open to trained professionals such as firefighters, lifesavers, doctors and nurses.

Ambulance Victoria chief executive Tony Walker said the app was a game changer.

“GoodSAM will play a key role in helping save more of the over 6,000 Victorians who suffer a cardiac arrest away from hospital every year,” Mr Walker said.

‘‘We’ve already seen lives saved as a result of the app, when off-duty Ambulance Victoria paramedics helped to save the lives of patients after responding to a GoodSAM alert.”

“The two lives saved in pilot phase proves that GoodSAM is transformative technology.”

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