This project has received funding from the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 611709
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> How can mobile technology support access to an Automated External Defibrillator when needed?
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the heart to try to restore its normal rhythm. With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be used by people with no particular clinical training.
In January 2005, the first decree regulating the use of AEDs in the Basque Country was issued, and soon will be the 10th Anniversary of the placement of the first AED in our region. During these years the network of AEDs available in public areas has grown significantly, and the Department of Health is interested in publicizing its existence and increasing public awareness about their proper use.
Given the widespread use of smart phones, mobile apps could be used to facilitate access to the AED network. Among other functionalities, the app should provide the location of the nearest AED, by accessing information updated by the Basque Emergency Service, and show directions. It should also enable priority telephone contact with the Basque Emergency Service. The proposer would like to investigate other ideas to maximize value and support public uptake.
About the proposer
The Department of Health is established as the planning agency, funder and regulator of all health aspects in the Basque Country. Its main functions are to identify health priorities of the Basque population, to develop policies to try to improve the level of health, to finance public healthcare so the citizens receive the necessary health care, to ensure quality in health services to the population and to contribute to the development of health sciences.
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