App Beta: Ottawa’s Heart – Saving lives with a map

intro_4Last month I posted about a new project I’m starting in an effort to crowdsource the mapping and annotation of all the defibrillators in Ottawa. Defibrillators are small electronic devices used to restart hearts after a sudden cardiac arrest, and are awesome because they’re everywhere, they’re easy to use, and they’re super effective:

Some Facts about cardiac arrest and defibs.

  • 1 in 2,000 people over age 35 will have a cardiac arrest in a year.
  • The chance surviving cardiac arrest decreases 7-10% for every minute without defibrillation,
  • The city maintains approximately 350 defibrillators, and aprox 650 are privately owned.
  • Defibrillators have repeatedly been successively used by untrained individuals.

The problem is they can be hard to find and people just don’t know what they’re for or how easy they are to use. Since my original blog post on this project, I have partnered up with Phil Vanstone, a business dev. / partnership guru passionate about tech for social impact.

For more info on the project or to signup for out beta checkout our splash page: www.smewebsites.com/ottawasheart/