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    Creation of an Automatic Defibrillator Device (AED) locator app for iOS

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    Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) are portable devices used to treat sudden cardiac arrests. The aim of this project is to create an iOS app (iPhone and iPad) that will show the locations of nearby AEDs in the west of Ireland and potentially beyond. This app will be the first of its kind in Ireland and will be created through a collaborative process with Croí, the West of Ireland Cardiac Foundation.

    Enabling first responders to quickly check the location of nearby AEDs, the app will be an invaluable tool in the event of an emergency requiring the use of an AED. As survival rates following cardiac arrest are directly related to time to resuscitation and in particular defibrillation, a tool that can improve response time will result in increased chance of survival for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. It is hoped that in compiling the locations and data about each AED, it will be possible to develop a constantly updated database of AEDs distributed across Ireland, which will contribute to the sustainability of the project. This information may inform future investment in AEDs and allow further research into distribution and usage.

    Project Updates

    November 2012

    Here is what we have done so far:

    - Established the key features we hope to incorporate into the app.

    - Established a blueprint for how the app will look and work from the user perspective. Simplicity, user friendliness and speed are key focuses.

    - Outlined a plan for the implementation of each of the features of the app from a development perspective. This included an additional goal to create an API for adding and modifying information about each AED. This will allow Croí to maintain the database beyond the 9-month timeframe of this research without needing the app developer’s help.

    - Carefully tailored all our plans to making sure the app remains easily maintainable beyond the 9-month timeframe to ensure the app remains up to date and accurate into the future.

    - Outlined the key information required about each AED. This will allow us to begin the process of collecting this information in the near feature.

    - Maintained close communication between Croí, the student researcher and the staff researcher. This has kept all parties up to date on the work done so far.

    - The work done so far will enable us to move forward in multiple key areas over the next few months. We hope to begin programming of the app, collection of the AED data and begin populating a database.

    January 2013

    - Created a near final design of the app. Simplicity, user friendliness and speed are key focuses.

    - Work has begun on programming the app's back end awaiting final approval for the user interface by all parties involved.

    - The key information require about each AED has been clarified. This will allow us to begin the process of collecting this information.

    - Aspects such as server space, long term running costs and maintenance are begin considered carefully throughout the process.

    - Maintained close communication between Croí, the student researcher and the staff researcher. This has kept all parties up to date on the work done so far.

    - We hope to continue programming the backend of the app as well as commencing the user facing side. Simultaneously we hope to begin collection of the AED data and database creation.

    April 2013

    Work on the app's back end is continuing. Key aspects of this are creation of a database and a user friendly interface for editing this database. This will allow easy maintenance of the database beyond its initial creation.

    - Programming of the app has begun.

    - Locating the AEDs in the region and gathering information about each has begun. Good progress is being made.

    - App design continually undergoing tweaking and modification.

    - Continued collaboration between all parties involved has continued via email and also through whole group meetings.

    Project Participants

    Student Partner
    Staff Partner
    Croí
    External Partner
     

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    Galway, Ireland.

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