GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) is an internationally recognised system which integrates a highly advanced emergency dispatching platform with an extensive network of trained first responders. The GoodSAM app works by sending an alert to all registered first-responders within a certain distance of patients having a suspected cardiac arrest. This allows registered volunteers to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and/or use a public access automated external defibrillator (AED) in the critical minutes before the emergency services arrive.

With funding awarded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust collaborated with GoodSAM and the University of Warwick to conduct research aiming to identify and overcome the barriers faced by registered first responders using AEDs: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/10/3/e034908 

An infographic showing a summary of the project can be found here: https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/bmjopen/10/3/e034908/DC1/embed/inline-supplementary-material-1.pdf?download=true

For more information on GoodSAM please visit their website: https://www.goodsamapp.org/home