What are Ambulance Victoria doing?
In collaboration with GoodSAM, Ambulance Victoria have already engaged their community of 1,100 trusted responders (mainly off-duty paramedics) that can be alerted to nearby cases of cardiac arrest, whilst the closest available ambulance, and in some areas firefighters, are also responded. Ambulance Victoria know that for every minute defibrillation is delayed, the chance of survival decreases by around 10%.
This initiative, in conjunction with Ambulance Victoria’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Registry, aims to increase the provision of CPR and defibrillation prior to the arrival of emergency services by utilising nearby trained & trusted volunteers and registered publicly accessible defibrillators.
This model has been successfully implemented overseas in locations including London and parts of the UK.
It’s very important to let all Victorians know that Ambulance Victoria are only using the GoodSAM Responder app. This means we still need your help to let all your friends and family know that they need to download the GoodSAM Alerter app and register.
So if they witness an medical emergency or need to get medical help quickly, they can just open the app, press the EMERGENCY (Call for Help) button and activate both Triple 0 services and their three nearest GoodSAM Responders without the delays of going through ESTA services first.
Since the launch of Ambulance Victoria’s GoodSAM program in Victoria, Triple 0 now also has access to over 2,000 existing privately registered GoodSAM Responders registered in Australia including all EMR GoodSAM Responders and alert them to their Triple 0 event.
So don’t be surprised if you receive an alert that says Ambulance Victoria needs your help!