Updated: 03/25/2014 22:22

SCDF works with Singapore Heart Foundation on national AED project to improve survival rates of cardiac arrests outside hospitals



SCDF works with Singapore Heart Foundation on national AED project to improve survival rates of cardiac arrests outside hospitals

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Singapore Heart Foundation (SHF) are working together to set up a comprehensive national online registry of automated external defibrillators (AED). 

The effort is aimed at raising the survival rates of cardiac arrests outside the hospital by improving public access to AEDs, and allowing bystanders at the location of an emergency to perform CPR with the AED. 

Called the Registry for AED Integration (R-AEDi) project, the effort will leverage the common use of smart phones for a nearby AED to be quickly located during emergencies. 

In a statement today (25 Mar), SCDF said its 995 call centre specialists will also use the data from the online registry to direct callers to the nearest AED. 

It noted that a bystander stepping forward to perform CPR with the AED will greatly increase the chances of survival of a patient. 

SCDF Commissioner Eric Yap and SHF CEO Vernon Kang signed a memorandum of understanding this morning on the joint effort. 

The agreement also covers promoting the installation of AEDs at public premises, raising public awareness of the effort, and putting in place standardised AED guidelines for audit. 

The project is being rolled out in phases and is targeted to be fully in place by 2017.

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