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Simple Science @Heart: Philadelphians find defibrillators with smart phone app

Published: 1:30 pm CDT, November 3, 2012

More than 300 teams and individuals used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) throughout Philadelphia.

The participants were part of a crowdsourcing challenge who received cash prizes for mapping the most AEDs. Crowdsourcing is when the public conducts a task traditionally done by a company.

Researchers say an estimated 1 million AEDs have been sold throughout the country, but they’re not tracked.

The data collected will be used to create a new mobile app to help bystanders find the nearest AED during emergencies and for 9-1-1 operators to direct bystanders to AEDs while paramedics are en route to the scene.




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  •,rekreacja/madryt,s,7762/ Venetta

    Wonderful site. Plenty of useful information here. I’m sending it to several buddies ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks in your effort!

    • Sarinha

      Steve,Thanks for your comment. In our arlctie we mentioned we felt that an should be available (not placed) every ~200 feet. Taking your note into consideration, if we were to place a unit every 400 feet and we stood in the middle of the two units, a unit would indeed be available every 200 feet. Hope this helps clarify.Thanks for your interest and feedback!Annuvia

  • Anna

    I went to pick up my son from Dudley Middle School today and noticed a coctollien for the school to purchase an AED machine in the main office. It astonished me that such a basic piece of equipment is unavailable in a school. I would have thought that it woud be manditory. I am also disappointed that this would not have been considered a priority long before now! Even more surprising was the appathy and sentiments of it costs money and cutbacks expressed when I inquired why this would even be an issue. It was almost as if the possibility of even saving one life wouldn’t be worth it due to the expense . You don’t have to be a health care provider such as I to appreciate the serious consequences incurred less this be corrected.