Have you signed up as a GoodSAM yet?

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A total of 834 Trust staff and community first responders (CFRs) have signed up to our GoodSAM scheme so far – but we’re still appealing for even more dedicated life-savers to join the team.

We have set an aim to recruit 2,020 volunteer responders by 2020, and have this week launched our GoodSAM tracker on East24, to share our progress and encourage colleagues to help us reach our goal. We are also hoping to expand the scheme to include external healthcare professionals in the near future.

The scheme alerts volunteer responders within an 800-metre radius when someone nearby is in cardiac arrest. Since its launch across EEAST on 19 June, 115 responders have attended incidents to ensure patients receive CPR as quickly as possible.

GoodSAM is linked to our computer aided dispatch (CAD) system, which automatically alerts up to three responders who are logged onto the app when an appropriate 999 call is received.

Nobody is obliged to accept the alert and if someone declines, the system contacts the next closest registered person it finds. The dispatch teams will then be notified that a GoodSAM responder is attending via CAD.

Anybody who accepts an alert will be given directions to the scene of the emergency, where they can use their resuscitation and airway management skills to start treating the patient. We have also joined up with GoodSAM to share our AED locations so that responders can pick them up on the way to an incident to support early defibrillation.

Any member of staff who is operational or CFR-qualified can sign up by visiting www.goodsamapp.org. After downloading the app, select EEAST as the verifying organisation and you will be sent a user guide to help you use the system.

For further information, please email GoodSAM@eastamb.nhs.uk.

Published 17th July 2019

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