Lifesaving app launched by South Central Ambulance Service
As part of its ongoing 'Start a Heart' campaign, South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to be the first ambulance trust in the UK to launch an app that locates the nearest Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
Thanks to Atrala Consulting Inc we now have an Apple iPhone and iPad app that users can also access their phones. Our app uses GPS functionality to show where the nearest AED is as well as a list of other AEDs in the area.
The app, which identifies over 600 AEDs in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire, could help local people save the life of a person suffering sudden cardiac arrest. As well as providing clear and simple guidance on how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants (including hands-only CPR), the app uses GPS functionality to show where the nearest AED is as well as a list of other AEDs in the area.
Remember, the first thing to do in any real emergency is to ring 999.
You can follow this link to download the iPhone version of the app https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aed-locator-uk/id732003187?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2 or use this link to download the iPad version https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/aed-locator-uk-for-ipad/id732032318?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D2
Not only does it provide the building name and exact address of the nearest AED, but also informs users exactly where in the building the AED is located. SCAS is working on identifying which of these is available 24 hours a day and this will be part of the apps ongoing development.
Professor Charles Deakin, SCAS Divisional Medical Director (Hampshire) and Chair of the Advanced Life Support Committee, European Resuscitation Council said:
"Statistics show that in cases of sudden cardiac arrest outside hospital, only 1 in 10 people survive. However, when bystanders provide CPR and use automated external defibrillators (AEDs) before emergency medical services personnel arrive, as many as 4 in 10 victims survive.
"This innovative new app from South Central Ambulance Service is therefore a real lifesaver. Modern AEDs are incredibly simple to use - even a child could do it - and the ability of people to be more confident in giving CPR and to quickly locate their nearest AED and use it on a person suffering a suspected cardiac arrest could save thousands of lives each year."
Mark Ainsworth-Smith, Consultant Emergency Care Practitioner at SCAS, said:
"Over the past year, voluntary ambulance staff, businesses, community groups and charities have been busy raising the £1850 it costs to buy each AED. We would encourage the public to let us know of any new AED locations or indeed if they wish to purchase an AED for their community. We can then make sure that it is included in the AED location information that we hold. As a result, we now have over 600 NHS approved locations of AEDs across our four counties. The final piece of the jigsaw was to create a free, easy to use tool that lets people find their nearest one in an emergency - and the App we have developed does exactly that."
The AED Locator for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from the Apple iTunes Store using the relevant links, or you can browse the store searching for 'AED Locator UK'.
Versions for Android and Blackberry operating systems are currently in development.