[Talk-GB] Defibrillator Mapping

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Tue Aug 16 12:35:40 UTC 2016


What a ridiculous response from South West Ambulance Services:

"There is a significant risk arising from a list of community
defibrillators appearing in the public domain..."

Clearly Mr Ken Wenman is unaware that 'community' & 'public' are one & 
the same.

They're even publicly tweeting the locations:

Dave F.

On 16/08/2016 09:35, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) wrote:
> Just to let you know, that I've now got another dataset in my
> Defibrillator comparison tool athttp://robert.mathmos.net/osm/defib/
> . East Midlands Ambulance Service has provided the locations of AEDs
> that they know about, and these have now been imported into the tool.
> As in other areas, our mapping of Defibrillators in the East Midlands
> doesn't seem to be very complete yet...
> Robert.
> On 22 April 2016 at 14:43, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists)
> <robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com>  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 vandalism more likely, and out of date information may lead to people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 athttp://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...

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