FORT WAYNE – When someone’s heart stops, every second counts.
With that in mind, Three Rivers Ambulance Authority’s control center went live last week with a registry of locations for automatic external defibrillators in Fort Wayne.
The new system lets us instantly see the location of all registered AEDs near a sudden cardiac arrest victim, Gary Booher, executive director of TRAA, said about the Atrus National AED Registry.
The registry has locations for AEDs in businesses or other buildings and also gives a specific location in that building.
Booher said the goal is to enable TRAA to tell bystanders to an emergency where an AED is in hopes the patient will survive.
Survival for cardiac arrest decreases 10 percent for every minute which passes, said Elliot Fisch, president and CEO of Atrus.
With that in mind, it becomes all the more important for those near an emergency to know where the nearest AED is located.
Booher said immediate CPR is vital to help someone survive a heart attack and in some cases an AED is also needed.
The registry went online Thursday locally and in preparation TRAA sent letters to 500 businesses to encourage them to register their devices at nationalaedregistry.com.
Those that do register will receive reminders about periodic maintenance to the devices, Booher said.