New app allows quick access to automated external defibrillators

St. John Ambulance and a French organization called AEDMAP have partnered to develop a Canadian version of the Save A Life app so responders can quickly find an automated external defibrillator (AED) when needed.

Someone in Canada experiences a cardiac arrest every 13 minutes. Early recognition, CPR and use of an AED can increase the odds of survival by 75 per cent or more. The Save A Life app allows Canadian organizations with an AED to register their device. In the event of an emergency, members of the public or Emergency Services personnel can use the app to locate the nearest AED, saving precious seconds.

In addition, Save A Life will allow persons trained in CPR to register themselves as first responders so that in the event of an emergency they can be notified via SMS, asking if they can provide first aid. This will mean the critical time searching for assistance can be significantly reduced, which will ultimately help improve the outcomes of Canadians who are experiencing a cardiac emergency.

The Save A Life app will be launched this fall along with the new 2016 Canadian Guidelines on First Aid and CPR.

AEDMAP (aedmap.org) is a French company with offices in Paris, Toronto, and Dubai. Founded by emergency physician Paul Dardel in 2012, AEDMAP specializes in AED mapping and monitoring solutions. Staying Alive, the company’s free mapping app is available in 18 languages, has been downloaded over a million times, and currently lists 80,000 AEDs worldwide. Versions of the app have been released for EMS providers in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Poland, the UAE, and now Canada.

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