Archive - May 4, 2012 - SCA Article

Archive - May 4, 2012 - SCA Article

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MyHeartMap Challenge Winners Announced: A Total of 1,500 AEDs Found in Philadelphia

 

Contrary to expectations, the winners of a contest to locate lifesaving portable medical devices in Philadelphia relied on old-fashioned shoe leather.

That was just one surprising outcome of MyHeartMap Challenge, the University of Pennsylvania’s project to map the locations of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) — backpack-size gizmos that can save cardiac arrest victims if used in time.

Another surprise: The original estimate of 5,000 public-access defibrillators was way too high. A more accurate guess, Penn researchers now say, is 2,500. And contestants identified locations for 1,500 of them.

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