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    Kelly Heleen Kaldra

  • Industrial and Digital Product Design
  • BA
  • Preventing Sudden Deaths with the Mapping of Automated External Defibrillators
  • Tutor: Eva Liisa Kubinyi, MA

Around 8000 people die annually from cardiovascular diseases in Estonia. About 800 of them are are sudden cardiac deaths. Today, around 12% of those affected are discharged from hospital alive and without neurological deficit. By combining resuscitation with the use of an Automated External Defibrillators, the chance of recovery can be up to 74% higher. However, there is no detailed mapping defibrillators in Estonia and the emergency services do not have a comprehensive overview of the machines. This thesis explores ways to support the emergency services’ cooperation with the ambulance in the event of an emergency call, and analyses ways to map AED machines in the future.

The work focuses in particular on witnessed out-of-hospital sudden cardiac deaths and the challenges in supporting these calls, and suggests possible developments for the future and a renewed service.