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, not just lat/long of the location street address (e.g. “37.852244,-122.035752”).
Determining Latitude/Longitude Values
This brief video demonstrates a simple method for gathering Latitude/Longitude values for an individual AED during a site inspection.
Inputting your AED Information to PulsePoint
PulsePoint currently supports two methods for incorporating your AED location data. These options are mutually exclusive. Both methods are fully supported but in order to ensure data consistency, each implementation must choose to use either one or the other.
PulsePoint can bulk load your AED information directly into the PulsePoint server. To use this method download and complete this spreadsheet template. When your inventory is complete PulsePoint will use it to populate the AED data for your community. PulsePoint is currently developing an AED maintenance portal that will enable you to directly update and maintain your AED data as it changes in the future.
Atrus National AED Registry
PulsePoint is also adding integration to the Atrus National AED Registry. Agencies using the Atrus National AED Registry automatically can chose to share their AED location information with PulsePoint through a real-time interface without the need for any additional work.