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Life-saving SMS service in Sweden
The Swedish Government has implemented a country-wide program called SMSlivräddare, or SMSLifesaver, where citizen volunteers can enrol to receive an SMS text when there is a heart attack victim nearby, allowing trained citizens to reach the victim and provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Upon receiving an alert through an emergency hotline, the call centre will send SMSlifesavers within a quarter mile (500 meters) vicinity a text message with an address and map. Cardiac arrest victims are able to get quickest help possible through this automatic SMS service and it has proven to save more lives as compared to sole reliance of the ambulance service. The average response time of ambulance is eight minutes whereas SMS-livräddare-volunteers have proven to respond quicker and reach victims before ambulances in 54 per cent of cases. Stockholm County has seen a rise in survival rates after cardiac arrest from 3 per cent to nearly 11 per cent, over the last decade.