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In Israel, created an application to save allergy sufferers

28.03.2018 130 просмотров

EpiMada works like Uber, connecting those who suddenly have a seizure and those who have the drug.


Israeli doctors have developed a mobile application EpiMada, which will help save the lives of people with atypically severe allergic reactions. It, according to the creators, is intended for allergy sufferers who, when confronted with a powerful irritant of the immune system, risk falling into anaphylactic shock. True, while the service is relevant only in Israel.


The fact is that in Israel there is a special system for registering allergy sufferers: they are listed by the Ministry of Health and are given epinephrine EpiPen syringes for injecting a vital drug with a strong an allergy attack. There are 20 thousand such people in the country - and they are all under supervision.


According to one of the creators of the application, David Schwartz, a professor at Bar-Ilan University, the main danger for allergy sufferers is the lack of medicines at hand at the time of the onset of an attack. Even those who have been given epinephrine “pens” can forget them at home, and there is nothing to say about those who have an allergy for the first time.


Therefore, doctors decided to create a kind of allergic mutual help network: as soon as the user of the EpiMada application feels the approach of an attack, he sends a signal to other users, indicating his location, and the nearest owner medicines will rush to the rescue.


“This is essentially how GetTaxi and Uber work,” says David Schwartz. “But in our case, it’s about saving lives, when minutes count, and urgent medical care is needed.”


Before the application was created, a sociological study was conducted, which showed that patients suffering from allergic diseases are “highly motivated” to share life-saving medicines with fellow sufferers in case of need. “People who do not know each other feel the need for mutual assistance, commonality, although they have never seen each other,” the professor commented on the results of the study.


He added that EpiMada will be monitored by emergency services, who will also come to the rescue if necessary. “This application opens the way to unique studies of the behavioral characteristics of modern humans and will provide material for new developments in the field of rapid response to emergencies,” the scientist predicted.

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