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Aug 17, 2018

All PIVAT Needs Now is Seed Funding!

PIVAT presentation at United Nations
PIVAT presentation at United Nations

Dear Friends,

This past February the Prompt Intervention Volunteer 1st Aid Tutorial (PIVAT) program got off to a great start with our multinational meeting in Bangkok, held to asess the need and applicability of the program worldwide.

As you may have seen in our last report, the positive response to the program was absolutely OVERWHELMING.  Virtually every representative, (USA, Vietnam, Laos, China, Japan, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar), reported experiences with badly injured children and adults suffering and sometimes not surviving an auto crash, domestic accident, drowning, electric shock or animal bite...simply because no one knew what to do while waiting for qualified help (which often never arrived)..

Since that time, working gratis, our tech staff has designed and tested the smartphone app voted into existence in February (with its superb navigation tree).  Our faculty have actively begun recording the modules needed for the system.  Now, anyone passing the scene of an emergency can instantly use the PIVAT app to intervene effectively in a heart attack, stroke, compound fracture or poisoning...and the list goes on.  The proficiency of the system increases each week...most recently including special approaches to emergencies involving elderly people.

Despite all of the above and a recent presentation made at the United Nations (see below) the only thing holding us back at this point is seed funding for the system!  We need about $18K to pay for simple basics like the resident online PIVAT site, further development of the application, honoraria for faculty, system rollout and travel.  Unfortunately, to date, the dozen or so granting agencies we've sent initial Letters of Inquiry to have responded with nothing more than computer-generated form-letter denials.  Worse, these are entities whose Request For Proposals are most often an exact match with PIVAT! 

While we understand the corporate need for robotized grant administration we also trust that bringing the situation to the direct attention of our Global Giving friends will help alleviate some of the initial stage shortfall and help us keep moving while we more agressively search out functional partnerships.

Thanks for your understanding and response.  We are pretty tired of robots at this point and want to get the system fully up and operational!

Sincerely,

The PIVAT Team

PIVAT Working Group Takes a Well-Deserved Break
PIVAT Working Group Takes a Well-Deserved Break
How the App Looks on a Smartphone
How the App Looks on a Smartphone
Navigation Point 1
Navigation Point 1
Downstream Navigation Point
Downstream Navigation Point
Knowing What Do Do Is Critical
Knowing What Do Do Is Critical

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Apr 13, 2018

Accident Victims Now Stand a Chance

A uniformly bad situation in the Phillippines
A uniformly bad situation in the Phillippines

Dear Concerned Friends,

To answer a very urgent global need the first conclave of participants in the Prompt Intervention Volunteer 1st Aid Tutorials (PIVAT) program took place at the Bangkok headquarters of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) on the 18th and 19th of January 2018.  Anecdotal and researched reports were presented by representatives from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar and the USA.

The PIVAT initiative is an online web-based First Aid education platform providing immediate, simplified, native-language access to medical crisis situation management via 2-3 minute interactive video instruction modules.  Apart from IMCRA's present online platforms for physician clinical guidance, the PIVAT program will convert the smartphone to an immediate guide for the lay public in the face of an emergency urgently requiring action.

The presentation of each national representative confirmed essentially the same thing.  In each country, the current popular response to a drowning child, the victim of a traffic accident, or anyone with an urgent medical need, is to stand back while taking voyeuristic smartphone photos and videos.  The explanation for this has overwhelmingly been that these people have no idea what to do to save the person in distress.  In the cases where some intervention was attempted, the techniques were either folk-primitive, or clumsy and ineffectual, often presenting further danger to the victim.

The international response to PIVAT has been stunningly positive and enthusiastic, with next steps being fundraising, the recruiting of expert first-responder/EMT specialist faculty, and establishment of the platform itself, ideally as a currently downloadable or free app on the next generation of smartphones.

Your assistance in getting to these next steps would be a major contribution to helping us make current wireless technology the savior of thousands of innocent victims.  Victiims who would otherwise perish or suffer severe harm through the absence of prompt intervention, easily rendered by even a minimally-informed passer-by, will now get a second chance.

Thank you!

PIVAT Purpose

  • To enable those who want to intervene in a medical crisis (Prompt Interventional Volunteer) to do so in an effective and medically beneficial manner
  • To assure that the volunteer is able to rapidly and effectively access the best step-by-step guide to responding to the scenario for first response action immediately and via Smartphone
  • To assure that the modules accessed by the first responder are medically appropriate, short, highly focused on the specific accident pathology, and can clearly relay the necessary steps with appropriate materials within the space of 2-3 minutes
  • To assure that the modules are clearly delivered in the national language and easily understood and followed
  • To provide additional materials and resources as needed.
The IMCRA and ADPC Working Group
The IMCRA and ADPC Working Group
Smartphone Platforms for PIVAT
Smartphone Platforms for PIVAT
Our Dedicated Team
Our Dedicated Team
Safe Now and Feeling Better
Safe Now and Feeling Better
Rapid informed response is appropriate anywhere
Rapid informed response is appropriate anywhere
Jun 28, 2016

This Project Transferred to Community Cyberspace Site

Dear Colleagues,

From 25 June onward, all reports and updates on the IMCRA program for providing Psychosocial Support for Veterans Living with PTSD will be given at its parent location, our expanded Community Cyberspace Site (Project #12002 https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/community-internet-anonymous-ptsd-tbi-care-va-veterans/).

Doing this enables a more focused approach for reporting on all aspects of this important program and eliminates a fair degree of overlap.  Our intention is to close down this present location as soon as possible, simultaneously with the expansion and updating of the Community Cyberspace site.  That site will henceforward be called: Community Cyberspace: PTSD/TBI Care For Veterans.  We humbly ask you to please continue your input and support for the expanded program at that site.

With thanks and best wishes to all who are behind us in this critical work!

Tom Hedberg

 
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