Need an AED? There's an app for that!

 Photo credit: First Aid Corps
Photo credit: First Aid Corps

I ran across an interesting story from medgadget.com entitled iPhone AED Locator May Help Save Lives in a Hurry. It talks about how the UK’s First Aid Corps is saving lives with iPhones!

First Aid Corps, an organization working on helping the public respond to sudden cardiac arrests, has unveiled an iPhone app that can pinpoint the location of the closest automatic external defibrillator (AED) within seconds.

Currently the database is just beginning to fill up but First Aid Corps has partnered with The Extraordinaries, a volunteer organization, to have people locate and photograph AED’s in their community.

The app is free and you can download it and get started mapping AED’s and maybe help save someone’s life.

Here are the associated YouTube vids:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELFX1PYTaVA]

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEw_ht-X-zs]

This is like a public version of AED Link, which is a program that allows emergency dipatchers to pinpoint the location of the nearest AED to a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

Photo credit: Atrus, Inc.

It might even be better, because there will be thousands of users out on the street documenting the location of AEDs. On the other hand, not everyone has an iPhone.

Anyone can dial 9-1-1!

See also:

iPhone app AED Nearby is now Live!

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