two new apps for raising awareness of childhood CPR

Recognize heart disease, call 911, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use AEDs. These are simple gestures, elemental maneuvers, within everyone’s reach, even the small ones. Out of this awareness – also sanctioned by the law of 4 August 2021 – was born the worldwide campaign “Kids Save Lives”, supported by WHO and aims to promote the learning of CPR in schools. And it’s with the launch of this campaign, in 2015, on the occasion of VIVA! Weeks ago, the Italian Resuscitation Council (IRC) launched the first version of “A Breathtaking Picnic”, the first tool that was adopted to train and raise. Awareness raising among young children through the story of a fairy tale, which was pursued with the support of IRC Edu, “School of CPR”. Since then – read a note – technological innovation and the spread of virtual reality have given the project a new impetus: we have moved from the use of PC software (which provided for the essential use of economically difficult infrastructures) with VR CPR project by IRC Edu, to download innovative free apps available for kids and adults in the Play Store and Apple Store.There are many steps along the way that have engaged the USL Company and the Fondazione del Monte of Bologna and Ravenna over the years to raise awareness and promote the school population in the management of cardiorespiratory emergencies, for first aid interventions they promote.

In fact, for over 10 years, the Bologna Local Health Authority has pursued this important goal thanks to the training provided under the Pronto Blu 118 Project.Spreading the culture of resuscitation and increasing the number of volunteer rescuers who can intervene in the event of a heart attack are the ultimate goals of the new project that is currently being implemented, leading to a training of thousand students by December of this year.and 100 teachers belonging to 8 classes of primary schools and 80 classes of secondary schools in Bologna and Ravenna.

Today, “Kids Save Lives” starts again with two completely reviewed apps: “A breathtaking Pic nic VR” and “School of CPR VR”, aimed at primary and secondary children respectively. The new project, funded by the Fondazione del Monte di Bologna and Ravenna, in collaboration with the Italian Resuscitation Council and IRC Edu Srl, creates synergy with the DAE Responder Alert app fully meets the objectives of last August’s law, which provides for adoption. of an app for public engagement, the mandatory teaching of cardiopulmonary resuscitation in schools, and the promotion of public awareness campaigns.It should be noted that the two new apps, designed specifically for the youngest, simply represent the first two nodes of a longer training and empowerment path for all citizens who call 118 and the Bologna Local Health Authority, several times in Bologna promote, “cardio-protected city”.

The ultimate goal of this important project, which should encourage the sharing and transmission of the correct execution of cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers among the youngest, is precisely to overcome fear and any doubt, in order to favor the timely intervention of future adults. In 70% of the cases, in fact, are ordinary citizens, defined as “lay” witnesses of about 60,000 heart attacks, which were recorded every year in Italy.Precisely through this education, awareness and social responsibility, in case they witness a heart attack during their lifetime, they can therefore count on the knowledge about CPR maneuvers and the procedures for the semi-automatic defibrillator. Factors that can only favor the choice to make themselves available by keeping use of the AED RespondER app: the first app in Italy that is fully integrated with 118 Central to alert volunteer rescuers when a heart attack the area is recorded.

The experience shared by 118 with the teachers and students of the Aldini Valeriani Siriani Institute was exemplary, where the impact of the training was made even more evident by the success of the emergency intervention on a student. The effectiveness and importance of the education of young people has also been recently demonstrated by the CPR maneuver of a girl from Modena who, through the resuscitation course at the school, rescued her sister who was suffering from cardiac arrest. The future to save lives with 118, therefore, lies with the young people. The path of education and awareness raising of the Bologna Local Health Authority continues, enriched every day with new experiences and new goals, through the support of technological innovation, ever more user-friendly tools and the important funding of Monte Foundation with which more and more students reach out.


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