Safe Mate is a wristband for swimmers and surfers that stores medical and emergency data in case they need assistance.
Lifeguards will be well aware that in the case of an emergency on the beach or by the pool, time is of the essence. Lives could be saved more frequently if responders had access to the right information to allow them to act more quickly. With this in mind, Safe Mate is a wristband for swimmers and surfers that stores medical and emergency data in case they need assistance.
In the event of an accident or problem in the water, lifeguards may need to perform emergency maneuvers to attempt to save a life. However, lifeguards can act more quickly if they know the victim has a medical condition which may require particular treatment or restrict the use of others. The Safe Mate band connects to an online account where owners can add important information that could help save their life. Along with their name and an emergency contact, wearers can also add existing conditions, allergies, blood type and medical records, as well as Medicare and insurance numbers. Lifeguards can then use the Safe Mate Android app to read the data from the wristband as soon as the victim is out of the water. Each Safe Mate wristband uses encryption to ensure any uploaded details are kept secure. They’re also available in a range of bright colors and will retail at AUD 25.
Much like the iSwimband, which uses a location-detecting wristband and is directed at the child/parent market, the innovation could be the difference between someone living and dying. Use of the innovation is already being rolled out by Manly LSC, located in the north Sydney suburb. Are there other ways to use technology on the waterfront to help save more lives?