“Medical emergency applications for smartphones are finding their way into the marketplace for consumers.
A recent entrant is AED Nearby, an application to help users locate the nearest automated external defibrillator.
Launched in January by the First Aid Corps, a group of volunteers trained to provide resuscitation in case of cardiac arrest, AED Nearby will help users locate the nearest defibrillator when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. The application works in conjunction with a GPS system to identify the user’s location and direct him or her to the nearest device.”
“Dana Srither knows the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest is low. Few people know how to properly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), or how to locate public automatic external defibrillators (AEDs), said Srither, founder of Singapore-based First Aid Corps.
“AEDs are a vital link to the survival of victims,” Srither said. “We felt that if the public knew where these AEDs were located, they would be able to respond better with the AEDs to cardiac arrest cases in public.”
Srither sought to turn the numbers around this past November, by coupling technology with crowd-sourcing tactics. First Aid Corps teamed with The Extraordinaries, a social business platform in San Francisco, and asked people around the world to send photos, location descriptions and GPS coordinates of public AEDs.
First Aid Corps also created free Smartphone apps for the iPhone and Android called “AED Nearby” and “ShowNearby AED” that help the public locate the nearest AED.
In a sense, those who send in the pictures are volunteering for the cause, on a micro-level, and thus are participating in a phenomena known as micro-volunteering. It’s an act that takes seconds or minutes but helps toward the greater good. These good acts are helping organizations deliver mission in a volunteer’s available free minutes.
First Aid Corps called upon the public to take a few minutes to help locate these life-saving machines, and in turn, created a public registry for AEDs. It has mapped out more than 200 public AEDs around the world. The organization has another app in the works for the Blackberry.”
Other people are using a smartphone app undertake quests for nonprofit groups like First Aid Corps, which is compiling a worldwide map of the locations of defibrillators available for cardiac emergencies. Instead of looking for magical healing potions in virtual worlds, these players scour buildings for defibrillators that haven’t been cataloged yet. If that defibrillator later helps save someone’s life, the player’s online glory increases (along with the sense of fiero).