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Rapid response systems Smartphone activated community first responders' experiences of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests alerts, a qualitative study
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare. Uppsala University,Sweden.
Dept Patient Safety Reg Sormland, Eskilstuna, Sweden..
Uppsala Univ, Caring Sci, Dept Publ Hlth & Caring Sci, Uppsala, Sweden.;Uppsala Univ, Ctr Clin Res Sormland, Eskilstuna, Sweden..
2022 (English)In: Resuscitation Plus, E-ISSN 2666-5204, Vol. 10, article id 100246Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: The aim was to illustrate how community first responders perceive out-of-hospital cardiac arrest alerts delivered via smartphone, what support they have and how they cope with potentially distressing experiences. Method: A qualitative interview study was conducted with a volunteer sample of 14 community first responders in two regions of Sweden. The interviews were transcribed and analysed using thematic analysis with a data-driven inductive approach supported by NVivo 1.3. Results: The responders' experiences were illustrated in three main themes, each including several subthemes: 1) Profound wish to help, including the sense of importance and sense of emergency; 2) Facing the situation, including essential actions performed in collaboration, confidence from training and experience, challenges posed by unforeseen situations and ethical dilemmas, and coping with emotional reactions; and 3) Potential for improvements, including technical and communication development, feedback and debriefing, training and social marketing. Conclusion: The community first responders were motivated and eager to help but simultaneously feared the mission and were not always prepared for their own reactions in the emergency when dispatched. Although cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and experience gave them skills that enabled them to act constructively, they faced situations that might be facilitated by improvements in the community first responder system and further training. The responders were proud of their efforts and were good ambassadors for the system. Appreciation of their commitment, better preparation and providing support in the aftermath of an emergency appears to be a good investment in societies' efforts to bring quick help to distressed persons.

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ELSEVIER , 2022. Vol. 10, article id 100246
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Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, Volunteers, Smartphone, Available online xxxx
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Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-59053DOI: 10.1016/j.resplu.2022.100246ISI: 000804084200001PubMedID: 35607395Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85134006346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-59053DiVA, id: diva2:1669801
Available from: 2022-06-15 Created: 2022-06-15 Last updated: 2022-10-21Bibliographically approved

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