The Canton of Basel Stadt and positive effects of using Momentum : a year later


December 5, 2019

Last year the First Responder System based on the alert of lay rescuers through the Momentum App’s has been implemented in the Canton of Basel Stadt, and analyzing the results obtained we can affirm that it has been a success! 

Starting on 18 October 2018, the Department of Health, assisted by the Department of Justice and Security of the Canton of Basel, gave the green light to the creation of a network of volunteer rescuers trained to intervene in the event of an emergency notification concerning a cardiac arrest. The formation of this network stems from the desire to follow the successful models implemented in other cantons in Switzerland, such as the Canton of Ticino, where the Ticino Cuore Foundation has succeeded in training more than 4,000 people, representing the equivalent of 1% of the total population.

The adoption of Momentum’s software had a double objective:

  • to implement a rescue chain, composed of lay rescuers, capable of reaching a victim of cardiac arrest before the arrival of specialist.
  • to improve the chances of survival of victims throughout the region.

In this first year of foundation, the Canton has focused its effort on the formation of rescuers. But what jumps right out at you is the extraordinary enthusiasm by the local community who has decided to support the project signed up for the courses en masse. More than 1.000 have been the voluntary rescuer trained to intervene in case of cardiac arrest. This strong interest comes as the canton’s awareness-raising campaigns, but above all by the growth of social responsibility of the local community.  Indeed, more are the people that choose to offer their time with a unique goal identifiable in helping someone in need.

The First Responders, since the first day of activityhave been used for 57 cases of emergencies concerning cardiac arrests or so-called ones. In 21 cases the victims have been reached in due time and successfully reanimate. The high number of victims rescued means that the short term survival rate has already enhanced from a lower 10 % (registered before the implementation of Momentum) to 40 % in just a year!

Extraordinary data who have allowed at the Canton to pursue our goal every day: