Posted on 06/02/2012

DENVER – The American Heart Association, American Red Cross, Denver Health & University of Colorado are challenging the public to participate in a massive, weeklong scavenger hunt throughout the Denver-metro area in the name of saving lives.

The AED Scavenger Hunt will kick off Saturday, June 2, in conjunction with National CPR-AED Awareness Week. The initiative challenges participants to find as many automated external defibrillators (AEDs) as possible in the community. Teams and individuals that locate the greatest number of devices during the weeklong hunt will be eligible to win prizes – but the biggest prize is knowing that their work could help save a life.

WHAT:                    AED Scavenger Hunt

WHEN:                    June 2-June 9

WHERE:                  Entire Metro-Denver area

WHO:                       Anyone can participate – individuals or teams

HOW:                       Register at http://www.aedscavengerhunt.com/. Then take these three easy steps:

1.     Find an AED in a publicly accessible place (office buildings, schools, etc.)

2.     Capture the AED’s exact location and snap a pic

3.     Submit the AED’s location and pic by visiting www.iRescU.info or by e-mailing [this email address]. Make sure to include team name with every submission to be counted towards the competition & win prizes.

WHY:

An AED is an easy-to-use device that can deliver a lifesaving shock to someone who is suffering sudden cardiac arrest. (SCA).  SCA is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and early defibrillation coupled with CPR is the best treatment to reverse cardiac arrest.

Event organizers developed the AED Scavenger Hunt as a way to raise public awareness about the devices and to collect data on the locations of AEDs throughout the Metro area so that publicly accessible AEDs can be mapped out for quick reference during emergencies.

In order to compete in the Scavenger Hunt, teams and individuals will be asked to find an AED, notate its exact location, and submit the location and a photo of the AED to an online database. The data will be verified and then added to an AED map that dispatchers can use to direct bystanders or emergency responders to the nearest AED is when someone collapses of sudden cardiac arrest.

AED Scavenger Hunt organizers are also hoping local businesses will participate by making sure their employees know where AEDs are located within their building and by sharing AED information with Scavenger Hunt participants who come seeking.

“We want to convey to the public and to owners of AEDs that an AED can’t save a life if no one knows where it is or can’t get to it to use it,” explains Dr. Comilla Sasson “During a sudden cardiac arrest emergency, minutes can mean the difference between life and death; this hunt is about gathering data that could help us shave minutes off of the time it takes to get essential treatment to someone suffering cardiac arrest.”