Last June we updated the First Aid app of the Netherlands Red Cross: you can now register an AED via the First Aid app (free to download). An automatic external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device that's been used to resuscitate people with cardiac arrest. To ensure that you can find the nearest AED unit in case of an emergency, the Netherlands Red Cross aims to locate and confirm the location of AEDs throughout the country. With a little help of people using the app, Red Cross will be able to create an up-to-date AED database. Besides, a fast rescue will help increase the chances of saving lives. In the video embedded below (in Dutch) we demonstrate how to register an AED device. Before registering an AED, you need to fill in your profile in the section 'Mijn EHBO' of the First Aid application and activate your e-mail address (after receiving an email with an activation link). The registration of an AED is simple and you can do it anywhere. However, you need to be near the AED using the First Aid app when you want to confirm that an AED is actually at its location. Make sure that the option 'location services ' in your phone is switched on.
In a few steps you register a new AED:
- On the home screen of the app you can tap the option on the green bar 'Find AED location'.
- Right at the top of AED location screen, you see a plus sign (+). By clicking this icon you can directly register an AED.