Mobile phone in the Chain of Survival
Mobile phones have in the recent years become the most ubiquitous piece of modern technology. According to the International Telecommunication Union, there were an estimated 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide at the end of 2010. Sales of smartphones, which allow users to connect to the Internet and run thousands of applications, are rapidly growing and are predicted to overtake basic mobile phones in developed countries by the end of 2011. Owning to their wide availability in both urban and rural areas of developed and developing countries, and their advanced capabilities, mobile phones posses a great lifesaving potential in medical emergencies.
Just recently our group has published a paper in the Resuscitation journal titled “Mobile phone in the Chain of Survival”. In this short paper we propose an upgraded Chain of Survival (shown above), with each of its links strengthened by mobile technology. Initially, mobile phones can be used to educate rescuers about appropriate actions performed in each step of the resuscitation process. However, they can also assume a more active role of helping the rescuers in a real medical emergency. They have a potential to allow for a faster and superior Emergency Medical Services contact, assure a higher quality of CPR and quicker retrieval of an automated external defibrillator, and facilitate a finer post resuscitation care through telemedical and clinical decision support systems.
Our work on the Mobile Chain of Survival has been first presented during Resuscitation 2010 congress, which took place in Porto, Portugal. Doctor Ivor Kovic, founder of Ivor Medical, gave a lecture on this topic during the congress. Video of his lecture is now available online for viewing and it makes a great addition to reading our paper.