The Sauv Life association has devised a mobile telemedicine unit to check the condition of patients directly at home. On board, two volunteers: a citizen and an assistant who become the arms of a doctor from a distance.

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Sauv Life: volunteers come to the aid of the SAMU

Arnaud, first aid instructor at Sauv Life, and Matt, volunteer citizen, were sent by the regulation of the SAMU of Paris for a suspicion of Covid. In a high school, a student has difficulty breathing. But this is not a life-threatening emergency. Their role is to go to the young man for a quick assessment. Arnaud needs to know more about his discomfort. “Are you coughing?” “A little bit”, said the young man. “Have you lost your taste and smell? ” “I do not know.”

A connected case transmits the patient’s constants to the SAMU

After this interrogation, the team takes the patient’s constants, such as his pulse or oxygen saturation. She then calls the SAMU doctor who will make the diagnosis. Thanks to a connected case, the practitioner already has all the results. Arnaud explains: “With this case you have an electronic stethoscope, which allows the doctor who teleconsult to listen to the heart or the lungs. He’s the one who takes the hand and we are his arms ”.

For Dr Lionel Lamhaut, emergency physician at the SAMU in Paris and co-founder of Sauv Life, these consultations of a new kind guarantee quality of care. “In a short time, we have a quick assessment and a possibility of teleconsultation. People are reassured, because we are not just in the video. There is a human coming. ”

A system that exists in Paris and in the Channel

Like Matt, an engineering student, some forty citizen volunteers have already answered Sauv Life’s call. These new medical units are already present in Paris and in La Manche. The initiative could be extended to other departments.