A mobile app to save people's lives


Fondazione Ticino Cuore


May 5, 2014



cardiac arrest; app mobile; lay first responders. 

Momentum and Fondazione Ticino Cuore

The Foundation Ticino Heart has chosen to adopt the software of Momentum in order to manage and to alert the groups of volunteer rescuers.
In case of emergency, with the use of the mobile app of Momentum, the agency succeeds to quickly mobilize the First Responders and to reach so own objective: to increase the chances of survival of the victims in the Canton Ticino.

In May 2014, DOS Group SA and Fondazione Ticino Cuore decided to develop Momentum, the first app in Switzerland designed to improve the management of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest alarms with the aim of reducing the waiting time of the victim and saving more lives.

The Foundation has decided to establish a network of first responders, the so-called First Responders, ready to help the victims of cardiac arrest outside the hospital.

To date, the Foundation has almost 4,000 volunteers out of a total of 365,000 inhabitants across the region, over 1% of the population.

How Momentum works in Ticino?

With the introduction of the application Momentum, the alarm for cardiac arrest comes sent directly on the smartphones of the rescuers. In practice, the plant sends a push notification and identifies the location of First Responders.

If the rescuer accepts the intervention, the central team identifies and geo-locates the volunteer to understand the real chances of success and evaluates the arrival time at the emergency site.

Using this technological system, the First Responder can intervene before the arrival of the ambulance

To date, 365 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have been recorded in Ticino – an average of 1 per day. The average intervention time is 3.5 minutes, (compared to the old system based on sending SMS with an average of 5.6 minutes).

Ticino ranks second in the world for the percentage of people who survived a cardiac arrest (over 50%).

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