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Ubers are Ambulancers
911 might take 15 or 20 minutes, there might be an uber 3-5 minutes away. Sometimes have the uber arrive and transport first.
I read that only 1 out 100 people that get CPR resuscitate without lasting injury, and some vast amount (about 85%) actually die. Part of that is due to the time it takes first responders (ambulance) to reach the person and transport them.
Some uber drivers could take a CPR course, and, noting the
Samaritan law (approximately, if you are trying to save a life, you are not responsible for things going wrong) Could then pull up in 2 or 3 minutes, do CPR and then transport! possibly saving 15 minutes from the trip. They could do this at one state then measure the outcomes at both saving lives and preventing harm to the resuscitated.
CPR (heart attack) survival rates
[beanangel, Jan 06 2017]
||//some vast amount (I feel like it was 1/3) actually die//
||I think the failure rate of CPR, even if administered promptly and properly, is mich higher than 33%.
||[mb] it is much worse than I thought The web says it is 15% survival professional, 8% amateur.
||// The web says it is 15% survival professional, 8% amateur//
||It would be interesting to know how time-critical those numbers are. For instance, does the 8% fall to 4% if delayed by 2 minutes?
||//do CPR and then transport!// - I think you
misunderstand the preceding statements about survival.
CPR is what you do to keep oxygenated blood moving
while "something to fix what's actually wrong" is on the
way (CPR is what you do for someone who has no pulse -
that's not to say it's necessarily a heart attack). Ie the
CPR doesn't stop, therefore the uber driver in your
scenario is just a quicker first responder. That said,
maybe that would help. The fantasy movie scenario
where you give some CPR and they just cough, wake up,
then get up and move about is just that - pure fantasy.
Generally, CPR continues until the patient is made stable
by other means.
||Also, I don't think most uber drivers would like to put
dying people into their cars, with blood and other bodily
fluids leaking all over the place. Maybe they would on a
once-off basis, but I reckon they'd get tired of having to
get their car detailed with no compensation.
||You'd get much better results having ubers carry, or just
more widely disseminate automatic defibrillators, and/or
comprehensive first aid kits. Even better results for
training more and more people to perform CPR properly -
and use defibrillators.