IN a week when a reporter for Wales Online was refused the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) during an emergency outside the Wales Online offices on High Street, Swansea the World’s largest AED Registry has introduced the world’s first mobile AED Registry.
The GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) community has mapped over 40,000 Public Access AEDs. This is done by taking a picture of a fixed location AED (e.g. fixed to a wall) and uploading it through the App. The location of the AED is then checked and appears on their mapping system.
The organisation state: ‘AEDs don’t Save Lives – People with AEDs do’.
In the case of the Wales Online journalist she was deprived such use. The reporter was attending to a man who had collapsed on Swansea High Street. Having dialled 999 she was told to find an AED. Estel asked a member of the public to go and get an AED from the station but the man returned saying that he had been refused permission to take the AED out of the station
Writing about her experience 24-year-old reporter Estel Farell-Roig said: “In the middle of that stressful situation, I didn’t really think much of the gravity of that statement.
“Thankfully, the man was fine – he did eventually come round after about 20 minutes and walked away with the woman after confirming to the operator he didn’t require an ambulance.
“But what about if he hadn’t come round? I don’t want to think about what might have happened. I was very shaken up and still now, days after, I think about it – all that kept going through my mind after she asked us to go and get the defibrillator was “please don’t die on me, please don’t die on me”.
“When I got to my car, I rang my mum and started crying. I regularly write about drugs, and people overdosing, dying, and all of a sudden it all felt overwhelmingly real.
“However, as time passed, my intense feelings were replaced by anger. If they were worried we may steal the defibrillator, why didn’t they send a member of staff with us? How could they justify not giving it to us when someone could be dying less than two minutes away?
“In situations like that, time is of the essence and I felt really disappointed, hoping that this was a mistake by a member of staff rather than an actual rule or policy. At the end of the day, the operator herself had told us to go and get it from the station.”
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There are large numbers of AED’s in the community across the country. In London over 900 police vehicles have AEDs. In some places, taxis carry AEDs and many first aid trained people do.
Operating Internationally, GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medics) incorporates the world’s most advanced emergency alerting and dispatching platform with a community of over 40,000 highly governed trained and trusted responders. They have now introduced the world’s first mobile AED registry.
How does it work?
If you carry an AED in your car, simply click “I have an AED” in the GoodSAM responder app and both you and your AED can be used as a resource.