What is the most creative place you have seen a defibrillator? Inspired by a bit of research looking into creative ways to store a defibrillator, we want our readers to get involved and let us know where you sited a defibrillator.
Here’s a few storage places we have found via the world wide web:
1.Flying Drone Defibrillator – Holland
Reported just last month was the news of a prototype ‘ambulance drone’ being tested in Holland. The experimental unit can reach speeds of 60mph and can carry a four kilogram load. The drone can fly to an incident within a 12 square kilometre radius (4.6 miles) within a minute.
The drone also uses GPS navigation to fly an incident whilst tracking emergency mobile calls. Once at the scene, an operator can guide a first responder through the rescue process as the drone has an on board camera connected to a control room where the operator can watch and talk you through the whole procedure.
The prototype has already attracted interest from the emergency services of Amsterdam whilst the Dutch Heart Foundation has also applauded the invention.
However developer eTU Delft student Alec Momont says he wants the drone to become a ‘flying medical toolbox’ with more elements to be added and they still have a number of legal issues regarding the flying of a drone.
2.Defibrillator Vending Machines – Japan
Up until 2004, only the emergency services and medically trained staff were allowed to use defibrillators in Japan.
But now lay people can use them as well and the Japanese defibrillator market has flourished with over 45,000 defibrillators placed across the country in 2006 – making it the second largest market behind the United States.
Since then, Japan has become a leader in distributing defibrillators and they have created a unique way to display an AED to the general public, in a vending machine.
The machine, whilst still selling the usual chocolate bars and drinks, has a defibrillator stored underneath the products. The defibrillator is for anyone to use and is accessible via an unlocked door which is alarmed to discourage theft and alert the public to the emergency situation.
This is definitely an innovative idea and people who buy products from the machine or pass them regularly will notice the defibrillator and have knowledge as to where to find an AED quickly
3. Phone Boxes – UK
Here in the UK, residents of towns and villages up and down the country have been raising money to buy their own defibrillators for their neighbourhood. And once they have purchased their life saving unit, the next question is where are they going to store it for everyone to find quickly in an emergency?
Old telephone boxes, which are now becoming defunct courtesy of the mobile phone age, are being refurbished as defibrillator storage facilities and represent a great way to recycle the classic British red phone box with something important.
Easy to locate and gain access to, they are the perfect environment for storing a life saving defibrillator with ample protection from the British weather too!
4.iMotion HELP Outdoor LCD system – Hungary
In the UK we have billboards and advertising stands that display the latest movies, tv shows, gadgets etc but from what we know, there aren’t any that are used to store a lifesaving defibrillator.
Well that is exactly what one particular model does in Budapest, Hungary – As well as displaying all the usual consumer advertisements, the iMotion HELP LCD system also houses a defibrillator inside and when needed, the screen of the system can display life saving skills.
The company, Infinitus, has constructed a double sided full outdoor imotion technology based system with an integrated automatic external defibrillator (AED) inside with added premade high definition visual educational material.
The defibrillator is protected by the systems temperature operational range of -40C to 75C whilst it is also immune to humidity and dust particles.
With the amount of advertising boards and stands we have across the UK, it seems logical that this kind of defibrillator point could be used closer to home. The more defibrillators we can house in public areas and in as many places as possible, the greater the chances are of saving someone who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.
These are just a handful of the places we have read where defibrillators are being stored across the world, if you have seen any other defibrillator units stored in unusual/creative places let us know and we’ll be sure to do some research and highlight other interesting ways to store a defibrillator.