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Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017

Run, Hide, Tell, TREAT: citizenAid On 4th January 2017, a new mobile phone app, citizenAid, was launched. Within 48 hours this app had hit the international number one spot on both Apple’s App Store and on Google Play. The reason for its global success? The app tells people how to perform basic medical emergency procedures in the case of a terror attack, providing crucial information to keep victims alive. In today’s world, where the threat of violence and terrorism is increasingly real in most countries, this app works towards providing a means to minimise the number of casualties and deaths caused by terrorism. The DSEI team managed to catch up with citizenAid’s busy creator, Brigadier Timothy Hodgetts, Medical Director at the Defence Medical Services (DMS), to find out more about the app ahead of DSEI. Congratulations on your launch of citizenAid, it looks like the app is being really well received. Could you explain a bit about why you decided to create it? citizenAid is built on military experience from over the last twenty years of dealing with soldiers’ injuries from bomb, knife and gunshot. The military has continually led the way in advances in combat casualty care treatment and outcomes for critical injury. Particularly in 2003 – 2012, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, there was a greater realisation that the survival rate of soldiers would increase if they had the knowledge to act and help themselves and others in emergency scenarios while waiting for professional medical help. Soldiers were subsequently taught key skills, and there was a year on year improvement in lives saved following serious injury. Seeing such clear and positive results, along with the increase in terror attacks around the world, it made sense to try to transfer this knowledge to civilian life. It seems that you’re already succeeding in creating this transfer of skills, how has the launch of the app been? We actually did a soft launch of the app back in November to coincide with National Counter Terrorism Awareness Interview with the creator of citizenAid, the app designed to prepare people with life-saving skills in the event of a terror attack. For more information on citizenAid visit www.citizenaid.org. Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE, Medical Director, Defence Medical Services 18 INTERVIEW


Inside DSEI Issue 12 February 2017
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