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A new app is being developed by Ambulance Victoria that will alert and send members of the community with first-aid training to cardiac arrest cases to start working on patients until paramedics arrived. 

Speaking to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell, Ambulance Victoria’s General Manager of Community Services Ian Patrick says, ‘This response is to send trusted volunteers to start with, that would be, off-duty paramedics, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surf-life saving members, a group of people we recognise and register.’ 

‘When there’s a defibrillator on-site, there’s trained first-aiders, they start CPR, they get the defibrillator in action, the outcomes are much much better’. 

London, Sweden and Seattle already have similar technologies in place and have reported successful results. The app is expected to be contracted in March or April of this year.  

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