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Penn Medicine Contest Challenges Philadelphians to Help Save Lives With Their Cell Phones
Date:12/10/2011

the wisdom of the crowd," said MyHeartMap Challenge leader Raina Merchant, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. "Participation from ordinary citizens will allow us to answer questions and make the city safer than our team could ever do on its own."

Used in conjunction with CPR, AEDs are an important part of the "chain of survival" needed to save cardiac arrest victims. Even people with no medical training can easily take those steps to help, since many AEDs provide audio instructions that talk users through the process of performing CPR.

In most cities across the United States, less than 10 percent of cardiac arrest victims survive. The MyHeartMap Challenge aims to tap the ingenuity of Philadelphia residents -- and others worldwide -- for what promises to become a resource that will ferret out thousands of ways to buoy those dismal statistics.

"Philadelphia is home to a vibrant medical community, some of the nation's top institutions of higher education, and is a growing hub for
new technology development. The MyHeartMap Challenge brings all those elements together to improve the health of our people," said Donald F. Schwarz, MD, MPH, Health Commissioner and Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity for the City of Philadelphia. "The city has a rich tradition of innovation, and we have what it takes to lead the nation in this new form of lifesaving community engagement."

There's an estimated one million AEDs across the nation, hung clearly on the walls in airports and casinos, but also tucked away in restaurant closets and under cash registers in coffee shops. Unlike implantable medical devices like pacemakers and artificial joints whose model or serial numbers are reflected in a patient's medical record in order to notify them in the event of a manufacturer's recall or other probl
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