Save a Life App

19 April 2018

Does your community have a defibrillator?

Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) NHS Trust is launching a life-saving app which maps all the 1,288 automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across the county.

The Save a Life app tells you the location of your nearest AED and provides cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidance in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

The app is designed to make members of the public aware of their nearest AED, as well as highlighting communities which don’t have a life-saving device.

Background

There has been a staggering increase in the number of AEDs across Yorkshire; four years ago there were 100 and today there are 1,288!

The Save a Life app, which is iOS and Android compatible and free to download, was originally developed for South Central Ambulance Service by its partner, O2, and uses GPS functionality to show the location of the nearest defibrillator from wherever the user is in Yorkshire.

The app should not be used in an emergency. In the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest, you should still call 999 and will then be told the location of your nearest AED and the code needed to access it.

The App

We encourage members of the public to proactively use the app to locate their nearest AED so that they can be prepared for an emergency situation.

As well as storing the details of the 1,288 AEDs across Yorkshire, the app contains videos which demonstrate how to carry out CPR on adults, children and infants, along with a myth-buster section that dispels the most commonly held misconceptions about the risks of attempting CPR. The location of each AED on the map has been verified by Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the date of verification included so users can see when it was last checked.

Download here:

IOS: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/save-a-life/id1086609515?mt=8

If you know about an AED which is not included in the Save a Life app, contact yas.aed@nhs.net.

Purchasing an AED

We also hope that communities which don’t have the life-saving kit will consider purchasing one via the various funding streams which are available.

An AED and its secure storage cabinet cost around £1,400. The Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity provides part-funding grants for the kit, along with various other organisations including the British Heart Foundation.

If you would like to consider buying an AED for your community, contact:

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