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Monday 10 December 2018

Swords entrepreneur will save lives in 'mytaxi' cabs

Bernard Nolan co-founder of Medimee, and Fiona Brady, Director of Operations at Mytaxi
Bernard Nolan co-founder of Medimee, and Fiona Brady, Director of Operations at Mytaxi

A Swords entrepreneur is set to save lives all over the country by arming mytaxi drivers with the skills to become effective first responders to a medical emergency in their cabs.

Bernard Nolan is the co-founder and CEO of Medimee, a medical online platform and app that is set to make mytaxi drivers into potential lifesavers as the two companies embark on an innovative partnership.

Nearly one quarter of mytaxi drivers in Ireland have been the first responder in a medical emergency so the New mytaxi partnership with MediMee offers drivers life-saving medical emergency training and the ongoing support of an online medical platform.

Nearly 25% of mytaxi drivers in Ireland have been the first responder in a medical emergency, with over a quarter of those having to administer first-aid or cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while waiting for an ambulance to arrive, a new survey by mytaxi has revealed.

The survey also found that one in five mytaxi drivers have had a passenger experience a medical emergency in their taxi, with as many as 9% of these related to serious heart attacks or severe breathing problems. Nearly a third of mytaxi drivers have also been booked as an alternative to an ambulance.

The new initiative offers industry-backed training and a supporting app to help mytaxi drivers deal with medical emergencies, and 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 been equipped with the MediMee app which supports effective medical-information management and also helps drivers look after their own health and wellbeing.

Medimee CEO, Bernard Nolan, who is originally from River Valley said: 'Our partnership with mytaxi and the training provided will give drivers the vital knowledge and confidence to act decisively in a medical emergency. Sudden, unexpected health issues such as heart attacks and cardiac arrests are unfortunately everyday occurrences for the Irish public. When CPR is required in a medical emergency, if performed as soon as possible it can double if not triple a person's chances of survival.

'While taxi drivers of course 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. We strongly encourage drivers across Ireland to talk to mytaxi about getting involved - as it may just help them save a passenger's life someday.'

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