iRescU - A bridge between Saving Lives, Open Data and Social Media
You can make a difference - and HELP find AED locations!!
iRescU, a project under the umbrella of the EMS Safety Foundation, has completed proof of concept and is in the final stages of development. Its goal is to harness new technologies, open data and social media to improve outcomes for sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). iRescu is currently focussed on building its baseline geolocated AED database.
Each year ~360,000 people suffer sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) in the USA alone. Everyday ~1000 people die of SCA in the streets, homes, workplaces, schools and playgrounds of our country. As per data from teh American Heart Association, this includes upto 5,800 children every year. The low national survival rates of sudden cardiac arrest, an average of 8%, have been essentially unchanged for 30 years - despite many advances in medical care. The ambulance usually can't be there in crucial window of 3 minutes before brain death commences, so immediate bystander action is paramount to saving lives.
The immediate bystander intervention with CPR and the use of a public access automated external defibrillator (AED) - a defibrillator specially designed for lay people to use and positioned in the community - is key to saving life. An AED is the most effective tool for resuscitating someone undergoing cardiac arrest, ~ 80% of victims have a cardiac rhythm reversible with an AED, so a bystander immediately doing CPR and finding the nearest AED is a matter of life or death.
What is a cardiac Arrest? What is CPR? and What is an AED?click and find out!
However AED distribution is largely Ad Hoc and the location of the nearest AED is often unknown. Government databases have fewer than 1/3 of the AED locations in many of our major cities. Aswell bystanders are often unsure about how to do CPR. iRescU, is a project that bridges these gaps in CPR/AED use in the chain of survival in cardiac arrest, recently profiled at the White House as a cutting edge innovation.
If you would like to download a brochure about the "iRescU: Bridging Saving Lives and Social Media" project please click on this brochure image below
You can scan or click on the eTag below to enter AEDgeolocations
iRescU is focused on supporting a bystander to make the emergency call, prompt them to do CPR and find and use an AED. iRescU essentially does two things - builds a crowd-sourced database of defibrillators that is integrated with both the emergency service systems and public access social media such as Google and similar geolocating platforms, throughout the world. This database is also designed to manage the AED consumables, batteries and pads - to ensure that the AED is in optimal working order when needed. iRescU also has a front end free app that prompts a call to emergency services, and walks you through CPR and AED use both in an emergency setting and as a training tool and also provides an interface to add to and access the AED location database. By building out this AED database and augmenting and validating current AED location data, the emergency services and the public will have an augmented and validated and constantly enhanced and accessible AED database, rather than the currently static, limited and often incomplete one. Conversely, mapping the location of where cardiac arrests have taken place in public locations can help people identify the best location to position a defibrillator, rather than the current ad hoc approach.
iRescU is a small step for technology and a giant leap for public health, reinforcing that bridge between public health and public safety where the burden of sudden cardiac arrest survival falls.
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iRescU is an application as part of Telematicus mHealth application portfolio
developed for the iRescU Project, a project of the EMS Safety Foundation