**** HEALTH/WELLNESS Media Release
AED Locations More Readily Available
Emergency personnel can now tell people who call 911 where they can find the closest defibrillator during a cardiac emergency.
More than 1,100 automated external defibrillators or AEDs are registered across the province. The AED registry, combined with 911 software, allow Emergency Health Services (EHS) staff to quickly provide this information to someone dealing with a possible heart attack or cardiac arrest.
“AEDs are an important tool that can be used during medical emergencies when seconds count,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “Knowing where to find them can mean people get help faster.”
There is now a mobile friendly version of the existing online interactive map for the public that shows where registered AEDs can be found. It is available at: http://savelivesns.ca/ehs-interactive-aed-map/
“Full integration between the EHS AED Registry and the EHS Medical Communication Centre is a huge advancement for the program in Nova Scotia. Above all, this adds another tool to help try to save as many lives as possible after someone experiences sudden cardiac arrest.”
– Mike Janczyszyn, EHS AED Registry co-ordinator
— an AED is a portable device that shocks the heart to restore normal rhythms in the event of a heart attack or cardiac arrest
— the EHS AED Registry has more than 1,130 registered devices across the province, which can be found in places such as hockey rinks, university campuses and in public buildings
— the online interactive map was launched last year as an educational tool for the public
— using an AED can increase a person’s odds of surviving during a cardiac arrest; early recognition, calling 911 and performing CPR are also important factors
EHS AED Registry Program – http://savelivesns.ca