Momentum app to save lives in Tessin


July 25, 2019

In the newspaper of Wednesday, July 24, 2019, Corriere del Ticino published an article that highlights Momentum App to save lives and for the management of emergencies for victims affected by out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in Tessin.


In May 2014, DOS Group SA and the Ticino Cuore Foundation decided to create Momentum, the first app in Switzerland designed to improve the management of alarms from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The goal of the development of this APP is to reduce the waiting time of the victim and save more lives. To do this, the Foundation decided to set up a network of first responders, ready to help victims of cardiac arrest outside the hospital. The network is made up of people who, on a voluntary basis, decide to make their experience, skills and, above all, their free time available to help victims of cardiac arrest. To date, the Foundation has almost 4,000 volunteers out of a total of 365,000 inhabitants throughout the region, more than 1% of the population.

How does Momentum app to save lives in Tessin?

With the introduction of Momentum, the alarm of cardiac arrest comes delivered directly to the smartphones of the rescuers, through notification push and holding account of the position of the rescuers. At this point, First Responders will be free to decide whether to accept or reject the request for intervention. In the event that the rescuer accepts the intervention, he is identified and geolocated to know the real chances of success of the intervention and arrival at the emergency site before the arrival of the ambulance. If he refuses, he is not identified and geolocated, and no information about the intervention is notified.

Benefits of using Momentum in Tessin

To date, 365 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest have been recorded in Ticino, an average of 1 per day.
In the table above we have brought back some advantages deriving from the use of Momentum in Ticino.
Let’s go over them again:

  1. The medium time in order to start an RCP for the First Responders alerted with the app Momentum is of 3,5 minutes; with the old system SMS it takes 5,6 minutes.
  2. The first alert rescuers from the Momentum app reach the victim in an average time of 4,5 minutes. While ambulances reach the victim in less than 10 minutes.
  3. In the 4 years without Momentum (2010-2013), the rate of survival of the patients discharged alive from the hospital is of approximately 37%. With the adoption of Momentum, in the four successive years (2014-2017), the rate of survival attests to 46% and would have to reach 50% in the successive years.


With the successes achieved in Ticino, we understood how important it is to help a victim in time. For this reason, we are working every day with our cantonal partners to offer a service that guarantees the same standards of success that we have achieved in our territory and that makes us proud of the work we do.
Why we are proud to help save lives with our APP

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