Jim Schatzle, a CPR trainer, created a life-saving app called Team Life CPR. This app guides mobile device users on how to perform CPR, with a real time video guide and voice-over.
Schatzle said, “… most people don’t get CPR prior to the ambulance arriving. I have that speech down very well, and I’m tired of it,” with the speech referring to what he had to say to many people over the years when they lost their loved ones due to cardiac arrest.
Schatzle gave out thousands of certifications to students attending his CPR trainings, but he wanted to reach more, saying, “I thought ‘There has to be a way to get this information to them.’”
He had the idea to create this app 3 years ago, but its realization came just last January. With this app, people can perform CPR before an ambulance arrives.
Cardiac arrest statistics are overwhelming. A person dies from this medical emergency every ninety seconds. Five percent survive, and 70 percent have cardiac arrest in their own houses. On average, a patient has to wait for ten minutes before an ambulance reaches her or him. But the body normally only lasts for 10 minutes without oxygen, before its biological death.
Schatlze said sudden cardiac arrest “is a needless, preventable death.”
The app is available for Blackberry, Android or Apple devices. It is worth 1.99 dollars, and constantly updated as the medical field updates CPR practices and techniques.
Schatlze said that the app “… is all about empowering people to do this, a lot of people don’t perform CPR because they don’t think they can.”