SAUV Life : the app that enables citizens to help the emergency medical services

Fondation CNP Assurances has been a partner of the SAUV (Savoir Agir face à l’Urgence Vécue, or “knowing how to act in an emergency”) non-profit since 2019. SAUV launched the collaborative geolocation application SAUV Life as a support for citizens who provide aid in medical emergencies.

In 2021, the Foundation is supporting the new SAUV Life “Citoyens de choc” (“Shock citizens”) project from the SAUV Life community, which now numbers 505,000 people. The “shock citizens” are trained in life-saving techniques and equipped with a latest-generation connected mobile defibrillator (AED).

This system, which is in the public interest, is complementary to the emergency equipment used in the regions: it is based on the latest technology and enables the coverage of a greater area and a reduction in social inequalities.

Cardiac arrest

Having supported over 3,500 regional and local authorities in 10 years and installed over 4,800 defibrillators, the foundation has amply fulfilled its role as a forerunner. It has decided not to launch another call for projects to explore new life-saving programmes.

In this regard, two programmes were approved by the Board of Directors on 17 June 2021: they aim to strengthen civic engagement and promote the inclusion of the most vulnerable members of society (isolated elderly people and people in need). 

These projects focus on support in the form of defibrillators, training and awareness-raising programmes in life-saving techniques:
- within the establishments of the Petits Frères des Pauvres association
- within Secours Populaire Français centres.

Saving lives

Every year in France, 50,000 people die from an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The survival rate after cardiac arrest is less than 5%.

But it is can be as high as 40% in some European countries where the population is trained in actions that save lives and public places are equipped with defibrillators. In France, only 20% of French people are trained in first aid.

A quick reaction thanks to knowledge of first aid techniques and the use of a defibrillator could save 5,000 to 10,000 lives every year.