Hennepin EMS Adds AED Location Mapping System

Minneapolis, MN — Hennepin EMS has added a new information system that will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers in helping callers locate life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available near sudden cardiac arrest victims.

“The problem is that until now, publicly available AEDs are rarely used in an emergency because people don’t know where they are, they can’t see them and 9-1-1 dispatchers are unaware of the location,” said Chris Kummer, Manager with Hennepin EMS.

The new system from Atrus, Inc. called AED Link™, shows the location of registered AEDs on 9-1-1 agency consoles. “AED Link™ lets us instantly see the location of all registered AEDs near a sudden cardiac arrest victim so we can send someone to get it in time to help save a life,” Kummer added. Both Hennepin EMS and Atrus officials anticipate the system to be available by October, which is National Sudden Cardiac Arrest awareness month.

In addition, AED Link™ can also instantly notify nearby trained, volunteer citizen responders who have access to nearby AEDs that their assistance is needed. “This brings a person who knows where the AED is, and has been trained on that AED, to the scene faster. And in the case of sudden cardiac arrest, time is the most critical issue.” Kummer added. In 2011, Hennepin EMS managed 7 cardiac arrest cases where a bystander used an AED. In 6 of those 7 cases the patient was resuscitated and walked out of the hospital neurologically intact. “While there are many factors to survival, bystander intervention with CPR and an AED is clearly a key link to survival,” says Brian Mahoney, MD, Hennepin EMS Medical Director. “This system can increase the number of bystander uses of AEDs so that we can have more of these great saves.”

“With this system, we can make every AED in the service area of Hennepin EMS much more likely to be used in an emergency,” Elliot Fisch, Atrus’ President/CEO said. AED Link is also installed with Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, which serves more than 80 Minnesota communities, where about 1 million people live.

For more information, visit www.hennepinems.org.

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