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Location Information Services of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Location Information Services of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)
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Author(s): Reima Suomi (University of Turku, Finland), Eila Lindfors (University of Turku, Finland) and Brita Marianne Somerkoski (University of Turku, Finland)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 17
Source title: Optimizing Health Monitoring Systems With Wireless Technology
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nilmini Wickramasinghe (Swinburne University of Technology, Australia & Epworth HealthCare, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6067-8.ch009

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Abstract

Cardiovascular diseases are a leading death cause in the world. Cardiac arrest is one of the most usual, and very quickly fatal, especially in out-of-hospital environments. Defibrillation, aside with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an effective means to restart blood circulation and heart operation, even though even these forms of treatment can help just in sadly few situations. Defibrillation was invented and first demonstrated already year 1899, but first in the 2000s portable defibrillators with good automatic functions started to penetrate daily environments of people, especially in urban settings. Nowadays the starting point is that every citizen with normal human functionality should be able to use automated defibrillators. The chapter discusses how modern information and communication technology, especially mobiles services, internet, and location services based on them, could help citizens in the first crucial step in implementing their safety competence in emergency situations by using automatic defibrillators if they could only find them.

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