Hérault: with the Sauv Life app, the SAMU 34 helps you save lives

Hérault: with the Sauv Life app, the SAMU 34 helps you save lives
Hérault: with the Sauv Life app, the SAMU 34 helps you save lives

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Léa Pippinato

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May 14, 2024 at 6:27 p.m.

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Your smartphone can also help you save lives! While cardiac arrests kill between 40,000 and 50,000 people each year in France, the Sauv Life mobile and geolocated application, free, downloadable for iOS or Android, and launched in 2018, can allow you to come to the aid of a victim who is located maximum ten minutes walk from where you are. You are then guided and supported remotely by the SAMU. Those of Hérault have just joined the system.

“Every minute lost after a cardiac arrest is 10% less chance of survival. So when we know that it takes firefighters 13 minutes on average to intervene, we understand the usefulness of the application”

Clementine SaugeonEmergency doctor at the SAMU of Montpellier University Hospital

“Every minute lost after a cardiac arrest is 10% less chance of survival. So when we know that it takes firefighters 13 minutes on average to intervene, we understand the usefulness of the application,” defends Clémentine Saugeon, emergency doctor at the SAMU of the Montpellier University Hospital, herself a user of the application. . “With Sauv Life, I received around fifteen notifications in two years and I was able to intervene four times,” adds the latter. According to her, this delay, higher than the national average, is linked to geographical constraints around Montpellier: for a cardiac arrest in Saint-Aunès, it is up to the Montpellier SMUR to intervene, significantly extending the treatment time.

Within a radius of two kilometers

Concretely, how is this going in the department? A person has a heart attack, a witness must call 15. Once notified, Samu triggers a team of rescuers, and at the same time, sends an alert to users of the application. Geolocated, they must be within a radius of two kilometers to intervene. “The application alerts the maximum number of people in the area, which allows at least two to take turns on each intervention. Practicing a cardiac massage is physically demanding and it is important to rotate so that it is done in the best conditions,” assures Clémentine Saugeon.

“The application alerts the maximum number of people in the area, which allows at least two to take turns on each intervention. Practicing a cardiac massage is physically demanding and it is important to rotate so that it be done in the best conditions”

Clementine SaugeonEmergency doctor at the SAMU of Montpellier University Hospital

Everyone can volunteer, no need to have first aid training, “even if it is advisable to know the basics”, slips the emergency doctor. In Hérault, the share of untrained citizens using the application is 30%. She insists: “Everyone is capable of doing cardiac massage. What stops people is the fear of doing wrong. In the stops where I have intervened, many say that they fear breaking the victim’s ribs, but it is the lesser evil. To generate a calm atmosphere around the intervention, SAMU regulation assistants stay on the phone with users to guide them and reassure them.

Deaths that could be avoided

50,000 deaths are due to cardiac arrest each year. Without intervention, the survival rate is very low: only 5%… If there is intervention in the first four minutes, this survival rate increases to 74%. This is why Clémentine Saugeon does not neglect the usefulness of Sauv Life: “This application really helps us. This little heart massage lasting a few minutes, while the emergency services take over, can save a life.” More than 9,000 Hérault residents are now among the 750,000 French people who have downloaded the application. In France, the rescue of nearly 680 people is attributed to the action of Sauv Life since its creation five years ago.

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