mytaxi in new partnership to offer drivers medical emergency training
mytaxi has launched a partnership with online medical platform MediMee, which will see its drivers offered training and a supporting app to help them deal with medical emergencies.
The initiative comes after a survey from mytaxi revealed that one in five of its drivers have had a passenger experience a medical emergency in their taxi, while nearly a third of its drivers have been booked as an alternative to an ambulance.
The new partnership has already seen 40 drivers provided with guidance on how to tackle choking, strokes, effective CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).
These drivers have also been equipped with the MediMee app that supports effective medical-information management and also helps drivers look after their own health and wellbeing.
A statement from mytaxi and Medimee said that the app will help empower healthcare professionals such as first responders and emergency services the ability to gain access to life-saving information quickly and efficiently.
"Our partnership with mytaxi and the training provided will give drivers the vital knowledge and confidence to act decisively in a medical emergency," Bernard Nolan, co-founder and CEO of MediMee, said.
"While taxi drivers can never replace fully-qualified medics in these situations, we strongly believe this initiative has the potential to equip drivers with industry-backed training and skills that can allow them to positively contribute to public health."