We would like to take the opportunity to remind you of a few aspects of emergency medicine that may be very valuable to you and to others.
The first is the health app on your phone which, if activated with personal details, will enable someone to call an emergency number such as your next of kin or the Practice here, without unlocking your phone. This appears as an option in the emergency dialling box when completed.
The second also relates to mobile phones and calling for help. If you call 112 on your mobile phone instead of 999, you are connected to the same service. However, this service will be able to track the location of your phone, without you needing to explain this to them to send help more rapidly. If the phone is put onto speaker phone, you will then be able to follow emergency resuscitation with instructions from a paramedic. It appears that only 2% to 3% of the population, according to a recent survey, would be prepared to try to use a defibrillator. The most common reason for not doing so, is fear of causing harm. You should note that all the emergency defibrillators which are becoming widely distributed around the country are absolutely fool-proof and you can never do anybody any harm by using them or trying to do so. They are automated and come with very clear instructions as to how to use them. There is a significant potential to improve the likelihood of recovery from a cardiac arrest by using the defibrillator, from levels of around 10% to 40%.
Dr Nick Sawyer