Special note from A.J. Heightman, JEMS Editor Emeritus
This is an important technology story for EMS responders, managers and dispatchers because, although this case was a trauma case, the same alerts by an Apple Watch can be triggered in a cardiac arrest and has implications for responses in the future.
Dispatch Centers and EMS responders should be made aware of this case and Apple Watch feature so they are alerted to the fact that these responses should not be taken lightly or as false alarms because they could be alerting 911 about a cardiac arrest that could be resuscitated – or other serious injury.
SPOKANE, Wa. – Is there anything technology cannot do these days? The Apple Watch is reportedly being credited with saving a man’s life after a bad crash on his mountain bike left him unconscious.
The Spokesman-Review reports on the Sept. 15 crash involving Bob Burdett that made him bloodied, put his shoulder and some ribs out of place and a bad case of road rash.
Fortunately, Burdett had the fall detection feature turned on. An alert went out 60 seconds after the watch detected no movement after his fall.
The newspaper reports the ambulance was there three minutes after that.
First responders in Spokane tell the newspaper they believe this is the first time an Apple Watch alerted them of a bad accident.