[Talk-GB] Defibrillator Mapping

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Sat Apr 23 11:37:35 UTC 2016

Announced yesterday: Tesco is set to introduce defibrillators in over 
900 of its largest stores


Dave F.

On 22/04/2016 14:43, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) wrote:
> It was suggested that trying to increase our mapping of public
> Defibrillators would be a good think. After a bit of digging, it seems
> that Ambulance Services typically maintain a list of locations, with a
> view to informing people about them if a 999 call comes in nearby
> where one might be useful.
> The different services seem to take quite different views on these
> lists. My local service (East of England) actively publicise their
> list (http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/Get-involved/Community-Public-Access-Defibrillators.htm)
> on the grounds that raising awareness of the locations will make it
> more likely that someone will know about and find a defibrillator in
> an emergency. Other services have refused FOI requests on the (IMO
> spurious) grounds that publicising the list will make thefts /
> vandalism more likely, and out of date information may lead to people
> wasting time in an emergency.
> Anyway, I've taken the East of England list from
> http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/Get%20involved/CPADs/CPAD%20List.pdf , and
> done a comparison with the OSM data. A rough and ready tool can be
> found at http://robert.mathmos.net/osm/defib/progress/ for any other
> locals who want to use it. We've got a small number of locations they
> haven't, and some of their postcodes may not be quite right. But there
> are a lot on their list that aren't mapped yet!
> Regarding tagging, it seems that a lot of the cabinets have a
> reference number on the outside, so I'd suggest recording that in the
> ref=* tag. Also, I think a description of the location would be useful
> (e.g. "Outside wall of McDonalds, facing Store 21") to help people
> find the defibrillator when they need it. I've been putting something
> like that in a location=* key.
> In terms of getting more data, I've put in FOI requests to the East
> and West Midlands Ambulance Services for starters, so we'll see what
> line they take...
> Best wishes,
> Robert.

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