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Table 2 Characteristics of first responder systems

From: First responder systems can stay operational under pandemic conditions: results of a European survey during the COVID-19 pandemic

Question Answer n %
How do you alert the first responders? Telephone alerting system 2 4
Pager 1 2
SMS alerting system 5 11
Smartphone based alerting system 31 66
Combination of SMS and smartphone based alert 7 15
Other§ 1 2
What's the minimum qualification of your first responders? No specific qualification 3 6
BLS course or first aid course or equivalent 38 81
Higher than BLS (e.g. nurse, medical doctor, paramedic) 6 13
What is the maximum number of responders you dispatch per mission?* 1 3 7
2–3 20 45
4–5 6 14
6–10 0 0
11–20 3 7
> 20 11 25
I don´t know 1 2
Do you dispatch responders to fetch AED?* Yes 26 62
No 16 38
  1. *Due to missing answers n does not always add up to 47; § Pager plus SMS