Good SAM and the London Ambulance Service
The London Ambulance Service has
partnered with the internationally acclaimed GoodSAM app, in which
clinically trained ambulance staff and members of the public with
basic life support skills trained to an LAS standard, can now sign
up as volunteers to respond to life-threatening emergency calls,
including cardiac arrests.
This ground-breaking project will see the mobilisation of
clinically trained London Ambulance Service volunteer responders –
paramedics for example - who can respond to alerts via the GoodSAM
app on their smartphone about life-threatening calls.
The sooner effective Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is
started, the better the chance of survival for the patient. If a
defibrillator is readily available, patients are six times as
likely to survive.
How does GoodSAM work?
When an emergency call is directed to the London Ambulance
Service Emergency Operations Centre and it is classified to be of a
life-threatening nature, details will automatically be sent through
to the GoodSAM app, which will alert the nearest volunteer
responder who has registered with the app.
If the responder is available and has already been approved
through the governance process administered by London Ambulance
Service for its own staff and members of the public with basic life
support skills trained to an LAS standard, they can accept the
alert via the GoodSAM app and make their way to the location of the
If the volunteer responder is not in a position to accept the
alert, it can be declined and will get diverted through to the next
The responder will also be advised of the location of the nearest
defibrillator. When a public access defibrillator is used in
cardiac arrest, the overall survival rate to discharge is 58.6 per
The GoodSAM app uses GPS technology to alert trained first
responders to nearby life-threatening emergencies.
Who can volunteer to be a responder?
Volunteer responders with basic life support skills who are
affiliated or trained to an LAS Standard are eligible to register
on the GoodSAM app selecting London Ambulance Service as the
Those who are not LAS trained or affiliated should select
GoodSAM as the verifying organisation.
How do I find out more about the GoodSAM App?
Visit the GoodSAM
website for more about the app or contact the London Ambulance
Service by emailing email@example.com.