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Town of Palm Beach, FL Adds AED Location System from Atrus

Date: 2012-01-05
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Atrus, Inc, and the Town of Palm Beach have announced a new partnership aimed at saving lives in the Town with the addition of Atrus’ AED Link™ system.  This new information system will assist 9-1-1 dispatchers in helping callers locate life-saving automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available near sudden cardiac arrest victims.

With AED Link™ 9-1-1, dispatchers instantly view the location of registered AEDs near the scene of sudden cardiac arrest emergencies and instruct bystanders to retrieve one in time to help save a life.

To encourage the registration of AEDs, The Town is reaching out to owners and managers of office buildings, restaurants, malls, gyms, recreational venues, churches and other locations where AEDs may be available. AED owners should contact Palm Beach Fire-Rescue at (561) 838-5420 to register their AED. By registering their AEDs, owners will also receive a number of free benefits including periodic reminders to check the device and timely reminders to change electrodes and/or batteries when the expiration dates approach. 

“The problem is that, until now, publicly available AEDs are rarely used in an emergency because people can’t see them and 9-1-1 dispatchers are unaware they are nearby,” said Dr. Kenneth Scheppke, the medical director of Palm Beach Fire Rescue.

“The new system lets us instantly see the location of all registered AEDs near a sudden cardiac arrest victim so we can send someone to get one in time to help save a life,” Fire-Rescue spokesman James Weber said.

“It is widely quoted that survival from cardiac arrest decreases 10% for every minute that goes by,” Atrus’ CEO and President Elliot Fisch added.  “AED Link can decrease the time to first shock by assuring that available AEDs are used.  There are too many stories of people dying in buildings that have AEDs or AEDs nearby.  AED Link was created to solve that problem.”

For more information, see: www.atrusinc.com

- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (via XXXX, 1/2/12)

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