An app providing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines reported a 1,300 percent increase in discharges after cardiac arrest of Danish football star Christian Eriksen at Euro 2020.
The Save a Life app, developed by South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), also locates the nearest automated external defibrillator.
Approximately 60,000 cardiac arrests occur outside the hospital each year and only one in ten people survive hospital discharge. However, a recent report from the Confidential National Investigation on Patient Outcome and Death found that 35.5% of patients who received CPR from a spectator survived to be discharged.
The quick action of the teammates and doctors of Erikson, star of Inter Milan, made him have quick access to assistance to save lives.
Nicola Dunbar, head of participation and community training at SCAS, said: “This was a reminder of the instantaneous and impromptu nature of cardiac arrest and stressed the importance of quick thinking: decisive interventions from all involved saved the player ‘s life “.
Last year, SCAS data found that requests for training and information on how to perform CPR and use a defibrillator fell 67% last year and 86.5% this year in the south central region, compared to pre-covid levels.
The pandemic has had a negative impact on community participation and training events, so SCAS has not seen its usual level of evening classes and children’s and youth sessions. The knock-on effect has been the decrease in public awareness about CPR and the lower number of training requests.
Dunbar continued: “The interest we are now seeing in our materials is already addressing this, and it is an example of how Christian’s personal story is already making positive changes. If he saves his own life, now, without a doubt, he will save the lives of many others ”.
This news comes just months after a 61-year-old man became the first Royal Free London patient to receive one new type of implantable defibrillator which uses Bluetooth connectivity and a smartphone app.