Publicly available AEDs are rarely retrieved and used because bystanders generally cannot see them and have no way to know if one is even available nearby. Statistics from the CARES (Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival) Registry indicate that publicly available AEDs are used less than 3% of the time when needed and available.
Accurate and complete public AED location information is required to realize the potential of this feature. Collecting this information and inputting it to the PulsePoint system is an essential component of your agency’s implementation process.
The PulsePoint app requires only a minimal, but critical, amount of information for each device in your community.
- LOCATION NAME: The name of the AED location (e.g “24 Hour Fitness”).
- DETAILED LOCATION TEXT: A textual description of the AED location. This should be brief and written to be understandable by citizen responders using clear text and well understood abbreviations (e.g. “Hallway – Between Bathrooms”).
- AED LATITUDE/LONGITUDE: The exact latitude and longitude coordinates for the actual device location (don’t worry, we have simple web-based tools to help you with this).
Getting your Local AED Information to PulsePoint
Send us a spreadsheet or other database containing the AED information detailed above and PulsePoint will transfer it directly into the application. PulsePoint has a powerful AED maintenance portal that will enable you to visually position each device and maintain your AED data as it changes in the future. Agencies using the Atrus National AED Registry can simply share their AED location information with PulsePoint.